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The Internet as a GPT : Factor Market Implications

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  • Harris, R-G

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The concept of a General Purpose Technology, or GPT, is subject to a variety of interpretations. Innovations in communications technology such as the Internet, in particular the ability to transmit large bolumes of data instantly, and at close to zero marginal cost to large populations around the world, is an innovation which most certainly must qualify as a GPT by almost any definition. In this paper on particular aspect of that technology and its economic effects if focused on -- the ability to remove the barriers to mobility of particular types of services.

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  • Harris, R-G, 1996. "The Internet as a GPT : Factor Market Implications," Discussion Papers dp97-01, Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University.
  • Handle: RePEc:sfu:sfudps:dp97-01
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    Cited by:

    1. Alberto Chong & Alejandro Micco, 2002. "Internet y la capacidad de innovar en América Latina," Research Department Publications 4292, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
    2. Toru Kikuchi & Sugata Marjit & Biswajit Mandal, 2013. "Trade with Time Zone Differences: Factor Market Implications," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17(4), pages 699-711, November.
    3. Chong, Alberto & Micco, Alejandro, 2003. "The Internet and the ability to innovate in Latin America," Emerging Markets Review, Elsevier, vol. 4(1), pages 53-72, March.
    4. Nina Czernich, 2011. "The emergence of broadband internet and consequences for economic and social development," ifo Beiträge zur Wirtschaftsforschung, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, number 37, June.
    5. Chris Forman & Avi Goldfarb & Shane Greenstein, 2003. "How did Location Affect Adoption of the Commercial Internet? Global Village, Urban Density, and Industry Composition," NBER Working Papers 9979, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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    TECHNOLOGY;

    JEL classification:

    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

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