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The Weightless Economy in Economic Development

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Can the increasing signicance of knowledge-products in national income- the growing weightless economy-infuence 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, educa tion, 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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  • Quah, D., 1999. "The Weightless Economy in Economic Development," Research Paper 155, World Institute for Development Economics Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:wodeec:155
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    Keywords

    TECHNOLOGY ; ECONOMIC GROWTH ; KNOWLEDGE;

    JEL classification:

    • N15 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Asia including Middle East
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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