Measuring the Impact of Innovations in Public IT Infrastructure on the Standard of Living in OECD Countries

This paper utilizes an economic model that looks at the changes in the pattern of consumer spending behaviour and econometrically estimates the extent of the link between these behavioural changes and their drivers: traditional economic stimuli as well as changes in the economic environment due to advances in technology and improved provision of public sector IT infrastructure.

Counterfactual simulations with the estimated model provide money-metric measures of the welfare benefits of innovations in Internet-based public sector IT infrastructure in a variety of OECD economies.

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