The production and use of ICT in Finland, 1975 -2001
This paper presents new calculations for the production and use of information and communications technology (ICT) in
Finland from 1975 to 2001. ICT-production has in the late 90s had significant impacts on growth and labour productivity
(LP). As the increase in LP seems to have mushroomed only in the production of ICT, aggregate LP growth experienced a
slowdown. Labour productivity growth in the period 1995 to 2001 manifests larger structural changes than in previous
periods, with the step-up in multi-factor productivity being the most notable. The relative contribution of ICT-capital deep-
ening has also increased. To put the Finnish productivity and growth into perspective, we also report recent evidence from
other advanced countries.