Business Economics

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 226–235 | Cite as

A look at the historical growth of the U.S. internet sector

  • Christopher HootonEmail author
  • Sera Crasta
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This paper presents an overview of the internet sector. The paper begins by introducing key concepts and definitions, particularly around technology, the internet, and the digital economy. It then provides a look on the industry’s economic size and performance over time using two unique datasets. The estimates illustrate the industry’s growth in key economic metrics over the past 5–15 years and also suggest some potential nuances, such as revenue seasonality. The paper contributes to the literature by being the first research, to the extent of the authors’ knowledge, to examine time series trends for the sector, rather than individual year snapshots.


Digital economy Internet Internet sector Technology sector 



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© National Association for Business Economics 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The George Washington University Institute of Public PolicyWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Internet AssociationWashingtonUSA

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