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Communications and economic growth

  • Dudley, Leonard

Overs the past millennium, each of the three centuries of most rapid demographic growth in the West Coincided with the diffusion of a new communications technology. This paper examines the hypothesis of Harold Innis (1894-1952) that there is two-way feeback between such innovations and economic growth.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 43 (1999)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 595-619

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:43:y:1999:i:3:p:595-619
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