Digital economy

EBIP Workshop, 29-30 October 2001, Rome


  • present and take stock of results from EBIP work
  • explore the rapidly evolving adoption and use of e-commerce and Internet strategies
  • discuss implications of e-commerce for firm strategies
  • examine impacts on sectoral dynamics and market structure
  • draw out e-commerce policy issues
  • contribute to EBIP follow-up work

Experts, policy-makers (including ICCP and WPIE Delegates), business, labour representatives, mainly OECD countries plus some non-OECD.

Please note that the attendance is by invitation only.

ABI (Italian Banking Association), Piazza del Gesù, 49, Rome

The OECD Working Party on the Information Economy (WPIE) Electronic commerce Business Impacts Project (EBIP) aims at improving the comparability of firm-level case studies across sectors and countries through the use of a common analytical framework and a common interview reporting instrument. The project was launched in late 1999 with ten countries participating: the Netherlands, France, Canada, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. An Ad-hoc Technical Expert Group (ATEG) comprised of experts from each participating country was set up in early 2000 to ensure the overall co-ordination and implementation of the project.

The sector studies were undertaken during the second half of 2000. The ATEG met in September 2000 and February 2001 to review progress, present initial results, and develop a strategy for disseminating the results. Subsequently, countries have submitted completed sector reports to the Secretariat, along with data reporting ("coding") sheets used to construct a database for cross-country and cross-sector analysis. By August 2001, the OECD Secretariat had received a total of 179 data reporting sheets from 30 studies covering 14 sectors in 10 countries.

The OECD Secretariat is preparing the draft of the Synthesis Report, drawing together results from the national studies.