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Developing Countries in the New Economy: The Role of Demand-side Initiatives

Sandeep Kapur

No DP2002-73, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Past breakthroughs in communication technology?the invention of the printing press and the telegraph?led to major economic upheavals. What are the implications of the more recent information and communication technologies (ICTs) for the developing world? Optimists believe that modern ICTs will allow developing countries to catch up with the developed world, while pessimists claim that the growing digital divide will reinforce economic divergence. One significant lesson from history is that mere access to new technology is not sufficient for economic transformation.

Keywords: Commercial policy; Economic development; Information technology; Management (Information technology); Convergence (Economics) (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002
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