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OECD Information technology outlook ICTs and the Information Economy 2002 Edition - The software sector

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This chapter describes the latest developments, on both the supply and the demand side, in this rapidly growing and fiercely competitive industry. It highlights methodological problems which point to areas requiring further research. It first describes growth trends and shows how the software sector has grown in terms of most economic variables in the last few years and how software R&D and investment have spread throughout the economy. It then turns to international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) in software. The next two sections look at packaged software markets, from the geographical point of view in the section on domestic markets and from the product point of view in the section on product categories for packaged software. A section on industry structure concludes the chapter.

Page Count: 95

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: June 1, 2002

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