DTI Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0ET, United Kingdom
22 May 2007
The workshop reviewed studies of the impacts of broadband roll-out and use: a) on economic performance at aggregate level and in the business sector, and b) on the geographical distribution of economic activity and employment, on content producers and users, and on households. It covered recent and ongoing analysis for a wide range of OECD countries.
The work presented and the outcomes of the workshop feed directly into analysis of economic and social impacts of broadband for the 2008 Ministerial on the Future of the Internet Economy.
The morning session focused on reviewing recent evidence and ongoing work examining the impact of broadband on productivity and economic performance.
The afternoon session first focused on ICT-enabled changes in production location and some of the impacts on employment. This was followed by a review of the impacts of broadband roll-out on digital content, households and time-use, and on e-inclusion.
Introduction: OECD Secretariat
Morning session: The productivity impacts
Chair: Tony Clayton (Office for National Statistics, UK), Chair WPIIS
The macroeconomic impacts, and setting the scene
Bart van Ark
(University of Groningen and The Conference Board)
The microeconomic impacts – preliminary evidence from the micro data project
Measuring the economic impact of broadband in the US – a panel data study at the zip-code level
The economic impacts of broadband in the Australian context
The use of information networks and productivity
Focusing on the “C” in ICT
The impact of informational mobility
Wrap-up of the morning session and discussion
Afternoon session: The impacts on globalisation, employment, content and households
Chair: Jean-Jacques Sahel (DTI, UK)
Globalisation, ICT-enabled offshoring, employment
(Analytica), Impact of broadband on employment: offshoring, outsourcing and telework
Households and time use; e-inclusion
Comments on the impact of broadband on digital content, households and time-use
Wrap-up of the afternoon session and discussion
Policy implications: Discussion