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The productivity paradox: A Meta-analysis

Author(s): Mgr. Petr Polák MSc. Ph.D.,
Type: IES Working Papers
Year: 2014
Number: 28
Published in: IES Working Papers 28/2014
Publishing place: Prague
Keywords: meta-analysis, meta-regression analysis, publication bias, productivity paradox, Solow paradox, productivity, firm, ICT elasticity, IT payoff, information technology
JEL codes: C83, O12, O32, D24
Suggested Citation: Polák P. (2014). “The productivity paradox: A Meta-analysis” IES Working Paper 28/2014. IES FSV. Charles University.
Grants: GAUK 554213 A Quantitative Survey of Empirical Evidence for the Calibration of Small Open Economy DSGE Models
Abstract: The impact of ICT (information and communication technology) on economic performance has been the subject of academic research for several decades, and despite the remarkable and significant innovation in computer technology, usage, and investments, only a small growth in productivity was observed. This observations has been coined the productivity paradox. Using meta-analysis, my thesis answers the following two questions related to the productivity paradox: What is the true effect of the ICT investment on the productivity? and Is there a publication bias among the results in empirical literature? The thesis starts with an overvivew of productivity related literature, continues with the description of meta-analytical methods used in economics for publication bias detection and estimation of genuine effects
and then uses them in the empirical part. The empirical part is based on a collection of more then 800 estimates of IT payoff effects from almost 70 studies written in the last 20 years. The meta-analysis reveals the presence of publication bias and estimates the ICT elasticity to be only 0.3%.
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