Title: Particulars of US Information Technology and productivity: lessons for Europe

Authors: Abel Adekola, Bruno S. Sergi

Addresses: College of Management, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI 54751, USA. ' DESMaS 'V. Pareto', University of Messina, Via T. Cannizzaro, 278, 98122 Messina, Italy

Abstract: There is ample evidence that investment in Information Technology (IT) boosted labour markets productivity in the USA. In fact, conspicuous flows of investment in this sector enabled the US firms to record high rates of productivity growth and to boost up the country|s economic growth to very high rates. The US experience that took place during the second part of the 1990s was not echoed in Europe owing to the fact that European firms have not adopted forward-looking investment decisions on this sector. Besides divergence in investment decisions, it is possible to observe that divergence in productive growth outcomes between the US and European firms have been as a result of different managerial organisations.

Keywords: information technology; ICT; productivity; total factor productivity; research; development; communications; outsourcing; global; USA; United States; IT investment; Europe.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTGM.2008.018443

International Journal of Trade and Global Markets, 2008 Vol.1 No.2, pp.128 - 143

Published online: 22 May 2008 *

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