The conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners interested in the interactions of innovation and growth. The paper sessions will be organized around the following themes:
* ICT Diffusion and Innovation
* Strategy in ICT Markets
* Regulation and Public Policy
* Productivity and Growth
New technologies spread throughout the economy and enable economic growth. This truism is widely accepted and rarely challenged. However, a closer look at this statement throws up a number of intriguing questions: How exactly do technologies enable economic growth? Is economic growth a precursor to new technology diffusion? Do consumers benefit from the use of new technologies?
These and many other related questions have mainly been studied in isolation, if at all. This partial view may hide a number of important causalities and connections between the process of diffusion and economic growth.
For example, firm-level growth may lead to macro-level growth, investment may trigger follow-on innovations, and standardization may increase consumer welfare but lead to market power.