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The Weightless Economy in Economic Development

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  • Quah, Danny

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Can the increasing significance of knowledge-products in national income---the growing weightless economy---influence economic development? Those technologies reduce ``distance'' between consumers and knowledge production. This paper analyzes a model embodying such a reduction. The model shows how demand-side attributes---consumer attitudes on complex goods; training, education, and skills for consumption (rather than production)---can importantly affect patterns of economic growth and development. Evidence from the failed Industrial Revolution in 14th-century China illustrates the empirical relevance of the analysis.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2094.

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Keywords: China; copyright; Growth; Information Technology; intellectual property; knowledge-product; patent; software; superstars; tacit knowledge;

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