OECD: E-Commerce, Broadband stats, & the Internet Economy

From the OECD:

Electronic and Mobile Commerce (Digital Economy Paper, 26 July 2013). Commerce is a fundamental mechanism supporting economic activity. Technological improvements that facilitate commerce can reduce transaction costs, provide more information to participants, boost access to a wider array of products, lead to efficiency gains, as well as result in welfare improvements for the entire economy. This paper presents the current state of e-commerce and aims to inform policy makers about the need to continue to reduce barriers to e-commerce. It also highlights emerging market solutions to long-standing barriers.

OECD Broadband Statistics Update (18 July 2013). New OECD data released in July on broadband subscriptions, up to December 2012, show a steady upward trend in fibre adoption, with the share of fibre subscriptions in fixed broadband increasing to 14.9% (up to 48.7 million fibre broadband lines). Fibre grew by 12.7% in 2012, four times as much as fixed broadband at 3.27%.

Measuring the Internet Economy: A Contribution to the Research Agenda (Digital Economy Paper, 12 July 2013). The Internet began as a communication tool but has transformed into a universal technology supporting virtually all sectors across the economy. Given the importance of the Internet, there is a high level of interest in being able to measure the Internet economy as a way to understand the effects of various investment strategies, regulatory rulings and policy decisions. This report categorises various approaches for measuring the Internet economy. It also introduces a methodology for measuring value added from Internet-related activities, and finds that at least 3.2% and up to 13.8% of business sector value added in the United States in 2011 could be attributed to Internet-related activities, depending on the scope of the definition.

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