nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2017‒01‒22
three papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
Universität Wien

  1. Incentivising Innovation and Adoption of ICT: ICT Innovation Voucher Programmes By Paola Valbonesi; Federico Biagi
  2. On the Determinants of Cloud Computing Adoption By Ohnemus, Jörg; Niebel, Thomas
  3. ICT and Transport Infrastructure Development By Na, Kyoung-Youn; Yoon, Chang-Ho

  1. By: Paola Valbonesi (Universita'di Padova); Federico Biagi (European Commission - JRC)
    Abstract: This report discusses analyses ICT Innovation vouchers and provides insights on how such instruments can be used to support small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing and adopting information communication technology (ICT) and digital innovation in order to enhance their competitiveness and growth. This report suggests that the effectiveness of ICT innovation voucher programmes are affected by the granting government’s choices, which should be grounded on a preliminary analysis of SMEs’ needs in the region/area considered. In particular, referring to the SMEs’ ICT-based innovation and digital needs, it would be useful to map the actual ‘level’ of ICT adoption and diffusion among local firms (SMEs in particular) in order to gain a better understanding of the ICT services and applications that could improve firms’ competitiveness and growth, especially by stimulating product, process, organisational and marketing innovation. By defining the firms’ needs and the goals of the programme, this preliminary analysis can also highlight the specific competences required from actors – the “Knowledge Service Providers†(KSPs) - supplying and developing the ICT applications supported by the ICT innovation voucher programme. The report also discusses vouchers implementation, and it examines best practices. Indicators for additionality (i.e. input, output and behavioural) and their information needs are also illustrated. Moreover, in the aim to evaluate the vouchers’ impact, we also discuss how to perform a counterfactual analysis for an ICT innovation voucher programme.
    Keywords: Innovation vouchers, ICT
    JEL: O31 O38
    Date: 2016–12
  2. By: Ohnemus, Jörg; Niebel, Thomas
    Abstract: Cloud computing is widely seen as a new source of innovation as well as a driving factor of productivity improvements of firms. This paper analyses the determinants of cloud computing adoption in general as well as for specific deployment (Public vs. Private) and service models (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS). Our data set contains a representative sample of 2,970 German firms and refers to the years 2014 and 2015. The econometric analysis confirms our three main hypothesis regarding firms' decision to adopt cloud computing in general. The share of workers with mobile internet access, being a start-up, as well as the regional availability of high-speed fixed-line internet access increase the likelihood of a firm for using cloud computing services.
    Keywords: Adoption of ICT,Cloud Computing,Multivariate Probit
    JEL: L10 L86 O33
    Date: 2016
  3. By: Na, Kyoung-Youn; Yoon, Chang-Ho
    Abstract: This paper estimates the non-linear impact of ICT network on motorway contribution to total factor productivity. Using dynamic panel data of OECD member countries, the paper finds that there exists a critical mass of broadband penetration rate which has the property that if this threshold level is reached, there will be an accelerating network effects of motorway extension.
    Keywords: ICT convergence,productivity growth,complementarity,infrastructure development
    JEL: O47 O38
    Date: 2016

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