nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2009‒12‒05
two papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. A Poisson Regression Examination of the Relationship between Website Traffic and Search Engine Queries By Tierney, Heather L. R.; Pan, Bing
  2. Improvement of Government Financing through Non-Conventional Methods: Reducing the Administrative Costs in the Public Sector By Matei, Ani; Dinu , Teodora

  1. By: Tierney, Heather L. R.; Pan, Bing
    Abstract: A new area of research involves the use of Google data, which has been normalized and scaled to predict economic activity. This new source of data holds both many advantages as well as disadvantages, which are discussed through the use of daily and weekly data. Daily and weekly data are employed to show the effect of aggregation as it pertains to Google data, which can lead to contradictory findings. In this paper, Poisson regressions are used to explore the relationship between the online traffic to a specific website and the search volumes for certain keyword search queries, along with the rankings of that specific website for those queries. The purpose of this paper is to point out the benefits and the pitfalls of a potential new source of data that lacks transparency in regards to the original level data, which is due to the normalization and scaling procedure utilized by Google.
    Keywords: Poisson Regression; Search Engine; Google Insights; Aggregation; Normalization Effects; Scaling Effects
    JEL: C43 D83 C25
    Date: 2009–11–11
  2. By: Matei, Ani; Dinu , Teodora
    Abstract: The paper aims to emphasize the relative recent preoccupations of several European states and even of EU about reducing the administrative costs and contribution of this process to local and national development, increasing the GDP etc. Recent appreciations of the European officials reveal estimations that a reduction by 25% of the administrative costs could lead to an increase of GDP by 2-3%. Mechanisms of coordination for national policies are already operational even if their results are not yet visible. Oriented mainly towards the private sector, the issue of reducing the administrative costs remains up-to-date also in the public sector. Moreover, even in the context of the current economic crisis, the reduction of the administrative costs represents an important resource for financing the development of the public sector at local level and the macro-economic policies. Therefore, in this context, the paper comprises: -Synthetic and comparative analyses about the content and results of the national policies for reducing the administrative costs. -Considerations concerning the enlargement of the mentioned policies on the economic and social processes specific for the public sector. -Models to evaluate the impact of reducing the administrative costs on financing the public sector, based on input-output analysis materialised through the production function. -Emphasizing the effects on long term of reducing the administrative costs and substantiating the policies for financing national or local governance
    Keywords: administrative costs; EU policies and programs; public sector
    JEL: H72 H53 G28
    Date: 2009–06–13

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