The Research Department "Information and Communication Technologies" (ICT) studies the economic aspects of the production and use of ICT. The Research Department investigates how enterprises, markets, and knowledge acquisition should be organised to optimally exploit the growth and employment potentials of ICT.
Methodologically, the Research Department focuses on empirical, especially on microeconometric analyses on the basis of firm-level data collected for this purpose. Additional methods include applied theoretical techniques, simulation models, and empirical macroeconomics.
Our overarching research approach considers the key role of ICT in knowledge-based economies: as tools, media for the transmission of knowledge and information, market platforms, infrastructure elements, and enabling factors for business organisation and innovation.
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