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Information Technology in the Learning Economy: Challenges for Developing Countries

  • Dieter Ernst

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    (Economics Study Area, East-West Center)

  • Bengt-Ake Lundvall

    (Economics, University of Aalborg, Denmark)

The expert contributors gathered here approach underdevelopment and inequality from different evolutionary perspectives. It is argued that the Schumpeterian processes of ‘creative destruction' may take the form of wealth creation in one part of the globe and wealth destruction in another. Case studies explore and analyse the successful 19th century policies that allowed Germany and the United States to catch up with the UK and these are contrasted with two other case studies exploring the deindustrialization and falling real wages in Peru and Mongolia during the 1990s. The case studies and thematic papers together explore, identify and explain the mechanisms which cause economic inequality. Some papers point to why the present form of globalization increases poverty in many Third World nations.

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Paper provided by East-West Center, Economics Study Area in its series Economics Study Area Working Papers with number 08.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ewc:wpaper:wp08
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  1. Bengt-ake Lundvall & Bjorn Johnson, 1994. "The Learning Economy," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 1(2), pages 23-42.
  2. Bengt-Åke Lundvall, 1996. "The Social Dimension of the Learning Economy," DRUID Working Papers 96-1, DRUID, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy/Aalborg University, Department of Business Studies.
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