It’s Not What You Make, It’s How You Use IT : Measuring the Welfare Benefits of the IT Revolution Across Countries

Author/Editor:

Tamim Bayoumi ; Markus Haacker

Publication Date:

July 1, 2002

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper analyzes the welfare benefits from falling relative prices of IT (information technology) goods across a wide range of countries. We find, using two separate methodologies and datasets, that welfare benefits mainly accrue to users of IT, not their producers, because of falling relative prices. This is important, as IT production and use are highly differentiated across countries, and implies that earlier work on how IT production affects real GDP, while useful in calibrating the overall benefits of the IT revolution, are a less valuable way of assessing the distribution of benefits.

Series:

Working Paper No. 02/117

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451854022/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1172002

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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