Intermediate input markets, ICT and innovation in Germany: a firm level analysis


Cerquera, Daniel ; Klein, Gordon J.


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/33252
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-332528
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 13-013
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > Zentrum für Europ. Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW)
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: D22 , L25 , O32,
Keywords (English): Information and communication technologies , general purpose technologies , intermediate input markets , innovation , firm level data
Abstract: This paper studies the impact of the adoption of ICT on the economic performance at the firm level, considering explicitly the interaction of adopting firms within the intermediate input market in Germany. The paper identifies and quantifies the importance of adoption externalities and knowledge spillovers inherent in the introduction of ICT. The results show that the adoption of ICT at the firm level is positively affected by the use of ICT downstream and upstream (i.e. by a firm’s clients and suppliers). Moreover, the use of ICT upstream(i.e. by a firm’s suppliers) negatively affects the extend of IT outsourcing at the firm level, suggesting a substitution effect between inputs provided by suppliers with an intense use of ICT and a firm’s demand for external IT services. The paper also finds that the use of ICT within the intermediate input markets positively affects the efficiency of internal processes by increasing the cost reductions generated by the introduction of process innovations.

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Cerquera, Daniel ; Klein, Gordon J. (2013) Intermediate input markets, ICT and innovation in Germany: a firm level analysis. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 13-013 [Working paper]
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