nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2016‒02‒04
three papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
Universität Wien

  1. Testimony on Network Neutrality to US Congress By Nicholas Economides
  2. Assessment of strategies for ICT investments using European Structural and Investment Funds: reflections from experts and practical examples By Katerina CIAMPI STANCOVA; Jens SORVIK
  3. The Information Industry: Measuring Russia By International Standards By Gulnara I. Abdrakhmanova; Galina G. Kovaleva; Natalia V. Bulchenko

  1. By: Nicholas Economides (Department of Economics, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University, 44 West 4th Street, New York 10012, NY, USA)
    Abstract: Network neutrality has facilitated businesses Innovation “at the edge of the Internet.” Network neutrality has contributed very significantly to the fast and vigorous growth of the high technology sector in the United States and the rest of the world. Departures from network neutrality, such as paid prioritization, are likely not to be in the public interest and to result in a number of detriments to the total benefits of the Internet ecosystem. I present a number of reasons why we should not be concerned about short term investment patterns. It seems very unlikely that these investment patterns are a result of the passage of the network neutrality rules.
    Keywords: network neutrality, two-sided markets, Internet, monopoly, price discrimination, regulation, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time-Warner
    JEL: L1 D4 L12 L13 C63 D42 D43
    Date: 2015–10
  2. By: Katerina CIAMPI STANCOVA (European Commission – JRC - IPTS); Jens SORVIK (European Commission – JRC - IPTS)
    Abstract: DG Connect and DG JRC have been supporting MSs and regions in fostering the ICT dimension of planned investments under ESIF. As part of this activity, assistance has been given to seven EU regions. This paper provides a systematic summary of the experts’ findings and discusses critical issues pointed out in the expert reports and at an expert workshop.
    Keywords: regional policies, regional innovation, smart specialisation, European Structural and Investment Funds, information and communication technologies (ICT), Digital Agenda
    Date: 2016–01
  3. By: Gulnara I. Abdrakhmanova (National Research University Higher School of Economics); Galina G. Kovaleva (National Research University Higher School of Economics); Natalia V. Bulchenko (Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation)
    Abstract: Structural changes influenced by ICT are having an impact on production processes and the release of products in the information and communication technology (ICT) sphere and content (on the level of individual enterprises) and are resulting in the pursuit of new approaches to socio-economic development, to increase the competitiveness of the country and to participate in the international division of labour. In order to identify development priorities and prospects in the information industry we therefore need a clear understanding of what the information industry is, what its boundaries are, what forms of economic activity make up this economic segment, and which products form the corresponding market. This working paper summarizes the results of a study to ‘measure’ the information industry as a segment of the economy producing goods and services linked to ICT and content. Methodological approaches are proposed to establish the ‘Information industry’ definitions based on the Russian Classification of Economic Activities (OKVED) and the Russian Classification of Products by Economic Activities (OKPD) in line with international standards and recommendations by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Key indicators of the development of the information industry are also tentatively calculated for Russia and compared with countries abroad. The content of this paper is based on research results commissioned by the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation and the outcome of evaluations and testing at a round table on the subject ‘IT industry: problems of classification and application’ round table (2014) and a session of the statistics section of the Central House of Scientists at the Russian Academy of Sciences on the subject of ‘Developing the “Information industry” and “IT industry” definitions based on the OKVED2 and OKPD2’ ( The paper was also supported by the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and the subsidy granted to the HSE by the Government of the Russian Federation for the implementation of the Global Competitiveness Program.
    Keywords: Content and Media sector, ICT sector, information and communication technology (ICT), information industry
    JEL: C1 C5 C83 L63 L81 L82 L86 L96 M2 O14
    Date: 2015

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