This project investigates the impact of the knowledge economy on employment generation in Europe. It will first construct knowledge indicators for selected European countries, such as ICT (information and communication technology), capital, skilled labour, R&D and other intangible expenditures. Taxonomies of industries will be constructed whereby industries are divided according to their intensity of use of knowledge indicators. Special attention will be given to the under-research service activities. This analysis will be supplemented by a detailed examination of the demand for skilled labour, productivity and growth in the knowledge economy and the impact of the institutional infrastructure on the diffusion of innovation.

Selected Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

Matteucci, Nicola, Mary O´Mahony, Catherine Robinson and Thomas Zwick (2005), Productivity, Workplace Performance and ICT: Industry and Firm Level Evidence for Europe and the US, Scottish Journal of Political Economy 52 (3), 359-386.

Zwick, Thomas (2003), The Impact of ICT Investment on Establishment Productivity, National Institute Economic Review 184, 99-110.

Selected Events


Europäische Kommission , Brüssel , BE

Project duration

01.09.2001 - 31.08.2004

Project members

Prof. Dr. Thomas Zwick (Coordinator)

Cooperation partner

Prof. Dr. Bart van Ark, University of Groningen, Groningen, NL
Dr. Marcel Timmer, University of Groningen, Groningen, NL
Dr. Lourens Boersma, University of Groningen, Grningen, NL
Dr. Michael Peneder, Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Wien, AT
Dr. Nanno Mulder, Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales, Paris, FR
Dr. Michela Vecchi, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London, UK
Dr. Riccardo Lucchetti, University of Ancona, Ancona, IT
Dr. Mary O Mahony, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London, UK
Prof. Dr. Alessandro Sterlacchini, University of Ancona, Ancona, I