Informational mobility and productivity: Finnish evidence

Mika Maliranta, Petri Rouvinen (Corresponding Author)

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The labor productivity effects of portability and connectivity of information and communication technology (ICT) are studied with Finnish firm-level data. It is found that a computer with only processing and storage capabilities boosts labor productivity by 9% (corresponding to 5% output elasticity), portability by 32%, wireline connectivity by 14%, and wireless connectivity by 6%. The findings are in line with previous literature and comparisons to ICT costs suggest that firms equate marginal costs and returns. Although increasing ICT penetration can no longer be a major source of productivity growth in developed economies, the relatively new characteristics studied can.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-616
Number of pages12
JournalEconomics of Innovation and New Technology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Information and communication technology
  • Local area network
  • Mobility
  • Portability
  • Productivity
  • Wireless


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