nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2017‒03‒12
four papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
Universität Wien

  1. The Impact of ICT and E-Commerce Activities on Employment in Europe By Biagi, Federico; Falk, Martin
  2. Aktuelle Herausforderungen der Wettbewerbspolitik durch Marktplätze im Internet By Budzinski, Oliver
  3. Liberation technology: mobile phones and political mobilisation in Africa By Marco Manacorda; Andrea Tesei
  4. Central Bank Digital Currencies: assessing implementation possibilities and impacts By Olga Gouveia; Enestor Dos Santos; Santiago Fernández de Lis; Alejandro Neut; Javier Sebastián

  1. By: Biagi, Federico (European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Directorate Growth & Innovation, Human Capital and Employment Unit and University of Padua, Italy); Falk, Martin (Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO))
    Abstract: This study presents new empirical evidence regarding the impact of ICT/e-commerce activities on labour demand. The data is based on new and unique data for 10 European countries for the period 2002-2010. A key feature of the empirical analysis is the use of several types of advanced ICT activities, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems,mobile internet access, and e-commerce practices. The main result of the study is that the increase in ICT/e-commerce activities over time has not led to a decline in jobs. This holds true for both manufacturing and service industries, as well as for SMEs and large firms. For ERP systems and websites, there is some evidence of positive effects. These findings do not support the hypothesis that ICT utilization is leading to labour substitution overall. In fact, ICT activities appear to be rather neutral to employment. The results are robust not only to the model specification, but also the estimation method applied.
    Keywords: labour demand; information and communication technologies; e-commerce activities
    JEL: J23 O33
    Date: 2017–02–01
  2. By: Budzinski, Oliver
    Keywords: competition policy,internet economy,e-commerce,platform economics,economics of privacy,big data,personalized data,antitrust,Google,Amazon,Facebook
    JEL: L40 K21 L81 L82 L86 L13
    Date: 2016
  3. By: Marco Manacorda; Andrea Tesei
    Abstract: Digital technologies have been widely used for political activism in recent years. In the first systematic test of their role as catalysts for political participation, Marco Manacorda and Andrea Tesei find that the growing use of mobile phones in Africa leads to more protests during recessions and periods of national crisis.
    Keywords: protests, politics, Africa, mobile phones
    JEL: D74 F50 O55 L96
    Date: 2017–03
  4. By: Olga Gouveia; Enestor Dos Santos; Santiago Fernández de Lis; Alejandro Neut; Javier Sebastián
    Abstract: Distributed ledgers are a technology that can support a digitized version of cash while potentially withholding its four major features: universality, anonymity, peer-to-peer exchangeability (P2P) and a constant nominal value.
    Keywords: Banks , Digital economy , Global , Working Paper
    JEL: E42 E50 E61 G20 O33
    Date: 2017–03

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