The goal of this workshop is to bring together leading researchers on the economics of information and communication technologies (ICT) in order to discuss recent scientific contributions and outstanding policy challenges. Particular emphasis will be placed on the modes and the extent of ICT diffusion in the overall economy, as well as on its impact on growth and productivity. Theoretical, empirical, experimental and policy oriented contributions are welcome.

Topics of interest

  • Measures of ICT diffusion
  • ICT diffusion in firms and at the workplace (including current trends such as Web 2.0, cloud computing)
  • Factors hampering and facilitating ICT diffusion (such as intangibles, standards, competition policy and regulation)
  • ICT-based firm strategies
  • ICT, productivity and Growth at the firm level, industry level, country level
  • The crisis and ICT diffusion
  • The geography of ICT diffusion

Confirmed Keynote Speaker

  • Bart van Ark (The Conference Board, New York, USA and University of Groningen, NL)
  • Michele Boldrin (Washington University at St Louis, USA)
  • Vincenzo Denicolò (University of Bologna, Italy)

For ICT, Productivity and Growth:
Irene Bertschek, Research Group Information and Communication Technologies
ZEW Centre for European Economic Research

For ICT Diffusion to the Economy:
Francesco Daveri, Department of Economics, University of Parma, Italy


16.12.2010 - 17.12.2010

Event Location

Department of Economics of the University of ParmaVia John Fitzgerald Kennedy n. 643100 Parma, Italy