nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2010‒11‒20
three papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. ICT and Innovation Activities: Evidence for UK SMEs By Dolores Añon Higón
  2. Internet Use and Job Search By T. Randolph Beard; George S. Ford; Richard P. Saba; Richard A. Seals Jr.
  3. Internet Addressing: Measuring Deployment of IPV6: Measuring Deployment of IPV6 By Karine Perset

  1. By: Dolores Añon Higón (Departamento de Economía Aplicada II, Universidad de Valencia)
    Abstract: There is a continuous commitment of policy makers in the UK to supporting innovation in small and medium firms. For these policy initiatives to be successful, an understanding of the factors driving innovation activities is required. In this study, we focus on the role that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play in the innovation performance of UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Using data drawn from the 2004 Annual Small Business Survey (ASBS) database, we show that ICT operate primarily as efficiency-enhancing technologies, although specific market oriented applications (i.e. website development) exhibit a potential to create competitive advantage through product innovation.
    Keywords: ICT, Product Innovation, Process Innovation, SME, Bivariate Probit
    JEL: D24 O30
    Date: 2010–11
  2. By: T. Randolph Beard; George S. Ford; Richard P. Saba; Richard A. Seals Jr.
    Abstract: We combine regression and propensity score methods to estimate the effect of Internet use on job search. We exploit the distinction between the unemployed and the discouraged, where both desire employment but the latter has ceased active job search due to negative beliefs about the labor market. Results indicate broadband use at home or at public locations reduces discouragement by over 50 percent. Our findings suggest Internet use keeps the jobless active in job search and may equate to more employment. Our results also demonstrate public connections (e.g., at libraries) in unserved and underserved areas may produce substantial societal benefits.
    JEL: J2 J6
    Date: 2010–11
  3. By: Karine Perset
    Abstract: One of the major challenges for the future of the Internet is its ability to scale to connect billions of people and devices. A key part of scalability is the Internet Protocol (IP). The Internet Protocol specifies how communications take place between one device and another through an addressing system. Each device must have an IP address in order to communicate. However, the currently used version of the Internet Protocol, IPv4, is expected to run out of previously unallocated addresses in 2012. IPv4 addresses are nearing full allocation, with just 8% of addresses remaining in March 2010.
    Date: 2010–04–09

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