nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2008‒01‒19
two papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Technical Change and Economic Growth: Some Lessons from Secular Patterns and Some Conjectures on the Current Impact of ICT Technology By Carolina Castaldi; Giovanni Dosi

  1. By: Carolina Castaldi; Giovanni Dosi
    Abstract: This paper discusses the link between patterns of technological change and economic development taking an evolutionary perspective. We argue that the modes and timing of such coupled dynamics are deeply influenced by the emergence of new techno-economic paradigms or regimes. ICT-based technologies are the drivers of the current paradigm, which, we show, is still at an early stage of diffusion, particularly for developing countries. Building from historical evidence, we argue that catching up of developing countries critically depends on their ability to master the technology behind the dominant technoeconomic paradigm. We then discuss threats and opportunities related to a possible ICTbased development path.
    Keywords: Technical change, Economic Growth, ICT
    Date: 2008–01–08
  2. By: BOLDEA, Ioan; BRANDAS, Claudiu
    Abstract: IT outsourcing is the practice of contracting out the running of a part of an organization computer department. It is not a new phenomenon, but the scale and scope of its occurrence has greatly increased over the last decade. Due to the fact that IT outsourcing has no obviously and quantifiable benefits, most of the business entities choose not to do outsource their IT. The paper is based on the idea of incapability of exact determination of IT services costs. The purpose of this research regards the layout of the current approaches to outsourcing, description of different types of IT outsourcing and their advantages and the analysis of some models which might be used in order to facilitate the IT decision making process.
    Keywords: Outsourcing; Information Technology; Information Systems; Application Services Provider; IT Risks.
    JEL: M55 L24 L86
    Date: 2007–06–20

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