Parallel Development? Productivity Growth Following Electrification and the ICT Revolution

INF Working Paper No. 714

47 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2007

Date Written: August 17, 2007

Abstract

This paper investigates labor productivity growth and the contribution to labor productivity growth in Swedish manufacturing during electrification and the ICT revolution. The paper distinguishes between technology-producing, intensive and less intensive technology - using industries during these technological breakthroughs. The results show that labor productivity growth and the overall contribution to labor productivity growth was considerably higher in technology-producing industries following the ICT revolution. Moreover, the results presented here show no evidence that industries that were early adopters of electric motors and ICT, on average would have contributed more to productivity growth in Swedish manufacturing.

Keywords: Electrification, ICT revolution, Productivity growth, Technological change

JEL Classification: N64, O33, O47

Suggested Citation

Edquist, Harald Olof, Parallel Development? Productivity Growth Following Electrification and the ICT Revolution (August 17, 2007). INF Working Paper No. 714, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1010596 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1010596

Harald Olof Edquist (Contact Author)

Ericsson Research ( email )

Färögatan 6
Stockholm, Stockholm 16480
Sweden

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