Sectoral Determinants and Dynamics of ICT Investment in Italy

Jona Lasinio, Cecilia and De Arcangelis, Giuseppe and Manzocchi, Stefano (2002) Sectoral Determinants and Dynamics of ICT Investment in Italy. [Working Paper]. Social Science Electronic Pub. p. 36. SSRN Working Paper Series

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Many measures of the impact of Information and Comunication Technology (ICT) on growth have been provided for the United States; much fewer analyses have been proposed for European countries, due also to scarcity of disaggregated data. In this paper we make use of very detailed sectoral data for Italy to study both the aggregate evolution and the sectoral diffusion of ICT investment expenditure during the 1990s. In the aggregate we find that the 1992 recession strongly halted ICT investment, and only in 1999 the Italian economy recovered the same rate of ICT capital formation. Second, mixed evidence on diffusion is shown by the sectoral expenditure on ICT capital goods: although the ICT fraction of total investment has increased in all the relevant macro-sectors (industry, commerce and advances services), the number of total sectors investing in ICT has not risen between 1992 and 2000. Finally, an econometric analysis of sectoral ICT determination shows that, besides capital intensity and interest rates, R&D expenditure is a strong predictor of ICT investment expenditure. Hence, since R&D-intensive sectors are usually associated with the highest growth potential, ICT expenditure by those sectors may trigger a virtuous growth dynamics.


Item Type:Report / Paper (Working Paper)
Research documents and activity classification:Working Papers > Non-Refereed Working Papers / of national relevance only
Divisions:Department of Economics and Finance > LLEE (Luiss Lab of European Economics)
Additional Information:The definitive version of the paper has been published as: De Arcangelis G., Jona Lasinio C., Manzocchi S. (2002), “Sectoral determinants and dynamics of ICT investment in Italy”, in Rivista di Politica Economica, mag-giu 2004, vol. 94 (5-6), pp. 119-161.
MIUR Scientific Area:Area 13 - Economics and Statistics > SECS-P/01 Political Economy
Deposited By:Maria Teresa Nistico
Deposited On:07 Dec 2010 17:16
Last Modified:07 Dec 2010 17:17

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