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ICT, innovation and productivity: evidence from Latin American firms

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dc.description.abstract It is generally recognized that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have radically changed how modern business is conducted, benefitting firm performances through several channels, such as increasing the efficiency of internal processes, expanding market reach or increasing innovation. However, most related literature refers to developed countries and evidence for Latin America is scarce and fragmented. This paper contributes to fill in this gap by identifying the drivers of ICT diffusion in LAC firms and assessing the relationship between ICTs and firm performance in the region. We find evidence of the presence of both epidemic and rank effects, where larger, older, skill-intensive, exporter and urban firms are more likely to adopt ICTs. However, once adopted, size and location lose importance. Additionally, our results show a positive relationship between broadband and firm-performance. In particular, firms that have adopted broadband increase the probability of innovating, and this effect is found to be mainly related to the use of broadband to perform research and development activities. Moreover, the combined use for different activities is found to have an additional positive effect on firm innovation performance. Further estimations also provide evidence on the fact that broadband adoption and use constitute a source of productivity growth for Latin American firms. en
dc.title ICT, innovation and productivity: evidence from Latin American firms en
dc.contributor.author Grazzi, Matteo
dc.contributor.author Jung, Juan
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-15T01:58:11Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-15T01:58:11Z
dc.date.issued 2015-10-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/53074
lacea.language.supported en
dc.description Working paper
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject ICT
dc.subject Technology Diffusion
dc.subject Innovation
dc.subject Productivity
dc.subject Latin America
dc.type Working Paper


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