nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2009‒03‒07
six papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. ICT in Education: A Study of Public Health Education By Kannan, Srinivasan
  2. Understanding the implementation of e-business strategies: Evidence from Luxembourg By Martin, Ludivine
  3. Evolution of digital marketing By Morozan, Cristian; Enache , Elena; Vechiu, Camelia
  4. Does Information and Communication Technologies Sustain Economic Growth? The Underdeveloped and Developing Countries Case By Burcu Türkcan; Erkan Erdil; Ý. Hakan Yetkiner
  5. Regulating Networks in the New Economy By Jean-Michel Glachant
  6. RFID chips: enabling the efficient exchange of information By Heng, Stefan

  1. By: Kannan, Srinivasan
    Abstract: Modern technologies such as Information Communication Technologies have helped many of the development sectors. One of the sectors it has lot of scope to develop is the Education. It is also evident from the experience that the benefits of these technologies have contributed much in the area of healthcare. However, these benefits come with few limitations. A technology is useful only if (a) the systems are designed keeping the user perspective mind, (b) if the users are trained on those systems, (c) users recognize the need for a system and (d) users feel there is a need for such system. Developing a system for an application does not necessarily lead to usage. Many developments ended without giving any benefit to society. For the better usage and the benefits, one has to have a commitment to promote the system among the appropriate users by demonstrating the benefits of such systems. This further discouraged by the restrictions imposed by the IPR regime. There is some relief now due to the popularization of the free software movements. This paper is an effort to highlight the benefits of such systems in public health education with special reference to the open source online tools. Author is a faculty of a Public Health school teaching health management course to the students of public health. The paper addresses the importance of ICT systems in training the public health professionals. It also discusses the benefits and limitations of such system. The present system is a complementary teaching method to the existing classroom teaching.
    Keywords: ICT Education; Online Tools; Learning Management System
    JEL: I20
    Date: 2009–02–24
  2. By: Martin, Ludivine
    Abstract: Our empirical study aims at identifying the drivers of the implementation of an e-business strategy by firms located in Luxembourg. The setting up of such a strategy is apprehended through the website and the type of strategy through the functionalities available on the Internet. Thus we distinguish an information-oriented strategy from a commercially oriented one. Probit analyses and models derived from count data models are conducted on a dataset of website investments by about 1100 firms located in Luxembourg. Our results show that the sale of online fashionable products like tourism, the ownership of a well-known brand and the follow-up of rivals' behaviours are highly significant determinants of the adoption and development of an e-business strategy. Financial, human and technological resources seem to favour the adoption of such a strategy but have no significant influence on the choice of the strategy pursued. Moreover the use of technologies that make the business process more flexible, public actions that diffuse best practices concerning technologies adoption and being the leader on the market are specific drivers of the deployment of an e-business strategy. Finally, an intense perceived competition negatively influences the decision to invest heavily in e-commerce.
    Keywords: e-business strategies; website adoption and investment; right truncated Poisson regression
    JEL: L21 O33 L86
    Date: 2009–02
  3. By: Morozan, Cristian; Enache , Elena; Vechiu, Camelia
    Abstract: The people who receive the information and buy products/services migrate, nowadays, from traditional to on-line media, a greater number of them is accessing the desired news from specialized sites and from mobile devices, anywhere and anytime. The fast adopting of new technologies affects – and transform – manufacturing, distribution and consume, but to optimize on-line channels is necessary to act objectively, and to found the decisions on performance key indicators. In the process of adapting to these market changes, the marketers have the opportunity to reach a different audience through on-line and mobile instruments. This approach based on real data, facilitated by web analysis, helps companies to focus the efforts and to have success with the new offer versions.
    Keywords: digital marketing; blog; mobile marketing; interactive television
    JEL: M3
    Date: 2009–03–02
  4. By: Burcu Türkcan (Department of Economics, Ege University); Erkan Erdil (Department of Economics, Middle East Technical University); Ý. Hakan Yetkiner (Department of Economics, Izmir University of Economics)
    Abstract: This paper tests the impact of ICT on economic growth for underdeveloped and developing countries by using a panel dataset for the period of 1995-2006. We first develop the theory between ICT and economic growth. We show that ICT capital has a positive effect both on long-run and transitional income per capita, if it is considered as a factor of production. Next, we estimate a panel data set with 131 underdeveloped and developing countries under the assumption that ICT is one of the determining factors of economic growth. We find that ICT has positive and significant effect on economic growth even after the use of some control variables.
    Keywords: ICT, economic growth, Panel Data, GMM, human capital, developing countries, underdeveloped countries
    JEL: C33 O5 O33
    Date: 2009–01
  5. By: Jean-Michel Glachant
    Abstract: The regulation of network industries has undergone profound transformation in the past twenty years. The regulated industry is no longer the same, being exposed to new competitive dynamics having revolutionized their industrial framework, technology and interactions with users. There also have been fundamental changes in what regulation is feasible. In an “information society” a model devised in the 19th century to set prices for monopoly infrastructures such as bridges, roads and railways no longer captures the essential: the interactive dynamics created by technologies, uses, and markets.
    Keywords: Regulatory economics, network industries, utilities regulation, information society
    Date: 2009–02–02
  6. By: Heng, Stefan
    Abstract: More and more companies are using RFID radio chip technology to boost their competitiveness. Yet RFID not only enhances the efficiency of the company deploying it. It also promotes innovativeness in the economy as a whole. Nevertheless, not every RFID project driven by a technological vision will necessarily become a commercial success for the user. In any event, though, RFID will enable producers to tap sizeable potential. Considering the host of potential application areas – particularly in production, the distributive trade and the transport industry – RFID turnover is likely to increase. With the shift in market shares for individual RFID components and the exodus of production of less sophisticated products from the high-wage countries, Asia is poised to become the continent with the highest turnover.
    Keywords: RFID; technology; transportation; logistics
    JEL: P33 L81 O33 O14
    Date: 2009–02–06

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