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Assessing the Productivity of the UK Retail Trade Sector: The Role of ICT

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In recent years the retail sector in the USA has out-performed large European countries in terms of productivity growth. More rapid use and diffusion of information and communications technology in the USA is important in understanding these trends. Excessive regulation is seen as an obstacle to diffusion of this technology in Europe.

Keywords: Productivity; communications technology; information; regulation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Birmingham Business School and National Institute of Economic and Social Research, UK 2: Groningen Growth and Development Centre, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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