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January/February 2005, 
Vol. 87, No. 1
Posted 2005-01-01

The Diffusion of Electronic Business in the United States

by Emin M. Dinlersoz and Rubén Hernández-Murillo

The authors provide a recent account of the diffusion of electronic business in the U.S. economy using new data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census. They document the extent of the diffusion in three main sectors of the economy: retail, services, and manufacturing. For manufacturing, they also analyze plants' patterns of adoption of several Internet-based processes and conclude with a look at the future of the Internet's diffusion and a prospect for further data collection by the U.S. Census Bureau.