nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2010‒12‒04
eight papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Cross-country Diffusion of the Internet By Sampsa Kiiski; Matti Pohjola
  2. The Internet Marketing Solution Toward Creative Industries in Bandung By Aditya M Salya
  3. The Impact of the Internet on Retail Competition: Evidence from Technological Differences in Internet Access By Georg Gebhardt
  4. The Importance of Broadband Provision to Knowledge Intensive Firm Location By E. A. Mack; L. Anselin
  5. O futuro da Web Semântica e sua importância nas organizações [The future of Semantic Web and it's importance at organisations] By João Bolinhas; Ricardo Neves
  6. The E-Commerce solutions for Small and Medium Enterprises By Aditya M Salya
  7. Competition of E-Commerce Intermediaries By Alexander Matros; Andriy Zapechelnyuk
  8. Information Dissemination through Official Websites: A Critique By Bhattacharya, Kaushik

  1. By: Sampsa Kiiski; Matti Pohjola
    Abstract: This paper investigates the factors which determine the diffusion of the Internet across countries. The Gompertz model of technology diffusion is estimated using data on Internet hosts per capita for the year 1995-2000. [Discussion Paper No. 2001-11]
    Keywords: diffusion of technology, internet, internet access cost, Gompertz model, technology adoption, technology diffusion
    Date: 2010
  2. By: Aditya M Salya (Department of Management and Business, Faculty of Economy, Padjadjaran University)
    Abstract: This paper discribe a role of internet marketing toward creative industries in Bandung. How Internet Marketing can help the creative industries to access the market through internet. Bandung, as emerging city for creative industries in Indonesia has shown the great developent of small medium entreprise, that create the potential market. We highlight what is the tools of internet marketing as promotion that make customer interest to buy the product and at the end the impact of internet marketing for their business in the future.
    Keywords: internet marketing, creative industries
    JEL: G0
    Date: 2010–10
  3. By: Georg Gebhardt ())
    Abstract: Does the internet increase competition? To address this question, I exploit two institutional details unique to Germany: (1) Some municipalities received glass fibre cables that cannot be upgraded to DSL; I use these municipalities as a treatment group with reduced online competition. (2) German law mandates resale price maintenance for books; I compare three retailing sectors, electronics (price competition), books (no price competition), and food (no online sales), to identify the effect of price competition: The effect of price competition is highly significant. Full broadband access reduces offline electronics retailers’ producer rents by 1.5 percent per year from 1999 to 2007.
    Keywords: Internet, Market Structure, Retail Competition, Differences in Differences
    JEL: D43 L81 L13
    Date: 2010–11
  4. By: E. A. Mack; L. Anselin
    Abstract: Despite the volume of literature afforded knowledge work and innovations in information and communications technologies (ICTs), few studies have examined the importance of ICTs to firms in knowledge industries. This study will develop spatial econometric models to examine the relative importance of the level of broadband provision to knowledge intensive firms in select U.S.  metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs). Results demonstrate the need for both a spatial econometric and a metropolitan area specific evaluation of this relationship. They also suggest potential spillover effects to knowledge intensive firm location, which may explain why some regional economies are relatively more successful at stimulating firm growth in this increasingly important sector of the U.S economy.
    Date: 2010
  5. By: João Bolinhas (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia); Ricardo Neves (IET, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia)
    Abstract: Currently, the Semantic Web and the potential of their technology completely go beyond the vision of Tim Berners-Lee's 1999, in which the meaning (semantics) of information and services on the web is defined, making possible their understanding for computers, to obtain a richer user experience. Today, the scientific and academic community realized that the Semantic Web can be an important tool to facilitate integration and interoperability of the internal and external business processes. Allowing the companies, in a fully globalized world which deal with large volumes of information, continue to achieve business goals in the face of change and the growing dependence of the effective use of information. This work will focus on the importance of this technology has been gaining in improving the processes organizations, embodied in some possible use cases. In addition, there will be an overview of the research projects taking place, in order to understand the future trends of this technology.
    Keywords: semantic web on organizations, semantic web, agile manufacturing
    JEL: M11 O30
    Date: 2010–03
  6. By: Aditya M Salya (Department of Management and Business, Faculty of Economy, Padjadjaran University)
    Abstract: Studies have shown that small and medium enterprises have embraced e-commerce to strengthen their competitive. The e-commerce is supposed to be useful in reaching out to markets. In this case of the best distro companies in Bandung, Indonesia: unkl347 and ouvalresearch that focus on selling apparel and clothing for teen segment. In this paper, we discuss findings from the support and barriers of e-commerce to entry the market, How social media such as: Google and face book could help their buyer and seller, the governement support on internet access and protection toward online customer and at the end the impact of e-commerce for their business in the future.
    Keywords: E-commerce, small medium enterprise
    JEL: G0
    Date: 2010–11
  7. By: Alexander Matros (University of South Carolina); Andriy Zapechelnyuk (Queen Mary, University of London)
    Abstract: In e-commerce, where information collection is essentially costless and geographic location of traders matters very little, fierce competition between providers of similar services is expected. We consider a model where two e-commerce intermediaries (internet shops) compete for sellers. We show that two non-identical shops may coexist in equilibrium if the population of sellers is sufficiently differentiated in their time preferences. In such an equilibrium less patient sellers choose the more popular (with a higher rate of arrival of new buyers) and more expensive shop, while more patient sellers prefer the less popular and cheaper one.
    Keywords: E-commerce, Intermediary, Competition, Listing fee, Closing fee
    JEL: C73 D43 D82
    Date: 2010–11
  8. By: Bhattacharya, Kaushik
    Abstract: Website constructions in the world have progressed at a fast pace. However, compared to the pace of development, the issue of benchmarking of the contents of official websites has not yet received adequate attention. The paper argues that with the proliferation of official websites worldwide, data dissemination concepts as developed by the IMF need to be generalised towards information dissemination, with special reference to web-based dissemination. The paper, in this context, attempts to specify some common structural features in the contents of official websites that could act as potential benchmarks. It examines to what extent commonalities and differences prevail with respect to these benchmarks among the websites of a few leading international organizations, as well as a few official websites in the US and India. Analysis reveals that some degree of convergence has taken place among all official websites in (i) structuring the contents, and in (ii) providing a few basic facilities to the users. It is observed that none of the sites are fully compliant with respect to the criteria specified in the paper. Full compliance would, however, require limited effort and would mostly involve one-time uploading of specific materials. A few major limitations, however, appear to be more general. Observations suggest that in future more attention need to be focused on designing the headers and footers of web pages that can act as a general template for all official websites. More attention is also needed on providing information that would lead to more precise identification of web pages for user reference and documentation. The paper suggests some specific improvements in this regard, elaborating with examples. It also suggests a few other policy measures that could lead to more effective web-based information in official websites.
    Keywords: Information dissemination; Websites; SDDS
    JEL: C8
    Date: 2010

This nep-ict issue is ©2010 by Walter Frisch. It is provided as is without any express or implied warranty. It may be freely redistributed in whole or in part for any purpose. If distributed in part, please include this notice.
General information on the NEP project can be found at For comments please write to the director of NEP, Marco Novarese at <>. Put “NEP” in the subject, otherwise your mail may be rejected.
NEP’s infrastructure is sponsored by the School of Economics and Finance of Massey University in New Zealand.