publication . Article . 2006

Productivity in Information Service Industries: a Panel Analysis of Japanese Firms

Futoshi Kurokawa; Kiyohiko G. Nishimura;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2006 Journal: Revue de l'OFCE, volume 97 bis, issue 5, pages 351-371
Abstract
We examine factors determining productivity of information-technology service activities at firm level, using most comprehensive data of information service industries in Japan. We focus on the degree of modularisation and resulting outsourcing and economies/diseconomies of scale in software development, and changes. We find that outsourcing has persistent negative effects on total factor productivity, suggesting not only productivity-enhancing modularisation is not fully utilised but also productivity-hindering remnants of traditional main-contractor-subcontractor relations still prevail in Japanese information service industries. We also find diseconomies of s...
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free text keywords: information service industry, productivity, modularization and outsourcing, Japan, firm-level data, jel:L23, jel:L25, jel:L86, jel:O33, General Economics, Econometrics and Finance, Tertiary sector of the economy, business.industry, business, Economics, Industrial organization, Diseconomies of scale, Outsourcing, Panel analysis, Economy, Commerce, Software development, Total factor productivity
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publication . Article . 2006

Productivity in Information Service Industries: a Panel Analysis of Japanese Firms

Futoshi Kurokawa; Kiyohiko G. Nishimura;