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Telecommunications and economic development – The 20th century: The building of an evidence base

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  • Gómez-Barroso, José Luis
  • Marbán-Flores, Raquel

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The literature on the relation between telecommunications and economic development published during the 20th century has been reviewed. It all began in 1963 with the publication of the Jipp curve. Over the twenty years that followed, there was hardly any noteworthy, at least academic, contribution. Already in the eighties, the debate was still focused towards the role of telecommunications in the integration of developing countries into the world economy. In the last decade of the century, subsequent research broadened the scope –the lack of an adequate telecommunication infrastructure is a serious drawback for any country–, and also made a qualitative and quantitative jump forward.

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  • Gómez-Barroso, José Luis & Marbán-Flores, Raquel, 2020. "Telecommunications and economic development – The 20th century: The building of an evidence base," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 44(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:44:y:2020:i:2:s0308596119304501
    DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2019.101904
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