Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/216828
Authors: 
Rückert, Désirée
Veugelers, Reinhilde
Weiss, Christoph
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
EIB Working Papers 2020/07
Abstract: 
Using a new survey on digitalisation activities of firms in the EU and the US, we identify digitalisation profiles based on the current use of digital technologies and future investment plans in digitalisation. Our analysis confirms the trend toward digital polarisation and a growing digital divide in the corporate landscape with, on one side, many firms that are not digitally active, and on the other side, a substantial number of digitally active firms forging ahead. Old small firms, with less than 50 employees and more than 10 years old, are significantly more likely to be persistently digitally non-active. We show that these persistently non-digital firms are less likely to be innovative, increase employment or command higher mark-ups. These trends are likely to exacerbate the digital divide across firms in the EU and the US.
Subjects: 
digital technology
investment
firm performance
JEL: 
D22
E22
L25
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-92-861-4683-1
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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