Digital economy

Measuring the Information Economy 2002


Are OECD countries embracing the information economy? What is the size and growth of the ICT sector and its contribution to economic performance? Do businesses and individuals use new technologies, for what purpose, or why they do not? What is the volume of electronic commerce and what are the barriers to its take-off?

With over 80 indicators based on the most up-to-date official statistics, this volume provides a comprehensive international comparison of countries' performance in the information economy. New indicators address emerging policy issues: international differences in the quality and price of the ICT infrastructure, diffusion of Internet technologies in larger and smaller firms, relative size of cross-border electronic transactions, barriers to Internet commerce. With the essential findings presented in bullets points and methodological notes on indicators and data sources, this publication combines statistical rigour with easy access and readability. For the first time data annexes with time series for the ICT sector are made available in the electronic version.

To access the Excel spreadsheets containing the data of an individual chapter, click on "Graphs and Data" under each chapter and go to the bottom of that page, or click on Statistics to access the data directly.

Also available:

Guide to Measuring the Information Society (updated on a rolling basis) with links to metadata for OECD countries' ICT collections