The production side of ‘digitalisation’ and its impacts

Client/Funding Institution

Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank


The project comprised four main tasks linking the production and use side of the digital sector. In the first task the production and supply side of the ICT goods and services sectors was studied. An overview of the ICT industry across countries was provided based on various data sources at the industry and firm level. Determinants of ICT industries’ performance and drivers of investment by ICT superstars across the European Union and the globe were analysed. The second task then focused on the patterns of trade of ICT goods and services linking the supply side of the digital sector to its demand. Furthermore, the impact of technical regulations and standards embedded within Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) on patterns of trade flows of ICT goods were analysed. Task three focused on the investment in ICT capital assets and building up of an ICT capital stock across countries and industries. Gross capital formation and capital stocks in different asset types and their contribution to employment and value added growth were studied. The fourth task was devoted to the role of patenting in productivity and market share of firms active in the global ICT sectors. Finally, in the last part of task we studied whether and how ICT driven technical change impacts on structure of labour demand by various groupings.

Funded by the Anniversary Fund of the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Project No. 18128).


September 2019 - October 2021

wiiw team Leader

Mahdi Ghodsi

wiiw Staff

Amat Adarov, Birgit Buschbom, Alexandra Bykova, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Sandra M. Leitner, Oliver Reiter, Robert Stehrer, Roman Stöllinger, David Zenz


Research Areas: Sectoral studies