Enlargement and the European geography of the Information Technology sector

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Title: Enlargement and the European geography of the Information Technology sector
Authors: Barry, Frank
Curran, Declan
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1264
Date: Mar-2004
Abstract: The information technology sector in Europe, comprising the production of computer hardware and software, is disproportionately located on the continent’s western periphery. The vast bulk of computers sold in Europe in the 1990s were assembled either in Ireland or Scotland, while Ireland also accounted for over 40 percent of all packaged software and 60 percent of all business software sold in Europe. As the sector in both these locations is largely foreign owned, the question arises as to whether EU enlargement might impact on the geography of the sector by diverting information technology FDI from the western to the new eastern periphery. This issue is explored in the present paper by analysis of five individual sub-segments: computer assembly and electronic components, R&D, mass market packaged software and the remainder of the software sector.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Economics
Subject LCSH: Computer industry--Europe
Industrial location--Europe
Computer industry--Location
Investments, Foreign--Europe
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Working Papers & Policy Papers

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