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The Future Information Structure in Economics

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  • William L. Goffe

    (Univ of Southern Miss.)

  • Bob Parks

    (Washington Univ.)

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This paper is a first look at how the information infrastructure for economists will change with the arrivial of the Internet. While paper has long been used for the the flow of information in the profession, computer networks are starting to supplement it, and in the not-to- distant future, will replace paper. We examine the myriad ways in which a networked world will benefit the profession. The most exciting is the easy access to the material that lies at the heart of our profession: journals, working papers, data, and teaching.

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  • William L. Goffe & Bob Parks, 1997. "The Future Information Structure in Economics," Microeconomics 9704001, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpmi:9704001
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    Cited by:

    1. Kim Sosin, 1999. "Explorations on Using the Web for Teaching - Introduction: How Might On-Line Networks Change Teaching?," Feminist Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 5(1), pages 79-82.
    2. Bekkerman, Anton & Gilpin, Gregory, 2013. "High-speed Internet growth and the demand for locally accessible information content," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 77(C), pages 1-10.
    3. Michael K. Salemi, 2001. "Research in Economic Education: Five New Initiatives," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(2), pages 440-445, May.

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    Keywords

    information electronic publishing;

    JEL classification:

    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • D2 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations
    • D3 - Microeconomics - - Distribution
    • D4 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design

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