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ICT and R&D as inputs or efficiency determinants? Analysing Italian manufacturing firms (2007–2009)

By Graziella Bonanno


Are Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Research & Development (R&D) productive inputs or efficiency determinants? This is the topic of this paper, which analyses a sample of 2691 Italian manufacturing firms over the period 2007–2009. Data are from a merged EFIGE–AIDA dataset. The empirical setting is based on a production function estimated through the stochastic frontier approach. ICT and R&D are used once as inputs, once as efficiency determinants. The results show that the elasticities of production with respect to ICT and R&D investments are quite high (0.08 for ICT and 0.04 for R&D) when they enter into the model only as inputs. We also documented that ICT and R&D contribute positively to explain the efficiency scores

Topics: Efficiency, ICT, R&D, Stochastic frontier approach, Business, Management and Accounting
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s40821-015-0035-z
OAI identifier: oai:arts.units.it:11368/2919257
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