Public administrations have been adopting Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to transform their internal organization and provide better public services to citizens and firms. However, the external benefits, despite being deemed relevant, have been empirically overlooked. We first explore the relation between ICT diffusion in public administrations and business demography at the municipal level by studying the Italian context. Our results show that ICT diffusion in the PA contributes to significantly reducing the death rate of firms and boosting their turnover rate. The adoption of ICT in the PA also exerts a positive impact on the firm birth rate, although it is not statistically significant. These results shed light on the importance of promoting e-government and framing coherent digital agendas as public instruments for supporting entrepreneurship and regional economic development.

ICT diffusion in public administrations and business dynamics: Evidence from Italian municipalities / Matteucci, N; Santolini, R; Di Fabio, S. - In: ANNALS OF PUBLIC AND COOPERATIVE ECONOMICS. - ISSN 1370-4788. - ELETTRONICO. - 94:4(2023). [10.1111/apce.12400]

ICT diffusion in public administrations and business dynamics: Evidence from Italian municipalities

Matteucci N
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Santolini R;Di Fabio S
2023-01-01

Abstract

Public administrations have been adopting Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to transform their internal organization and provide better public services to citizens and firms. However, the external benefits, despite being deemed relevant, have been empirically overlooked. We first explore the relation between ICT diffusion in public administrations and business demography at the municipal level by studying the Italian context. Our results show that ICT diffusion in the PA contributes to significantly reducing the death rate of firms and boosting their turnover rate. The adoption of ICT in the PA also exerts a positive impact on the firm birth rate, although it is not statistically significant. These results shed light on the importance of promoting e-government and framing coherent digital agendas as public instruments for supporting entrepreneurship and regional economic development.
2023
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