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The use of IT is so widely spread throughout the world economy that no single country can avoid investing in this technology if it wants to improve the standard of living of its citizens. Besides providing citizens with access to IT and to IT education and training, governments should promote participation in the information society, thus generating a sufficiently strong demand base for information products. By developing advanced applications of IT, and by becoming a model for the private sector, governments can alter worker, firm, and consumer attitudes, and lower their costs of adopting IT.…mehr

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The use of IT is so widely spread throughout the world economy that no single country can avoid investing in this technology if it wants to improve the standard of living of its citizens. Besides providing citizens with access to IT and to IT education and training, governments should promote participation in the information society, thus generating a sufficiently strong demand base for information products. By developing advanced applications of IT, and by becoming a model for the private sector, governments can alter worker, firm, and consumer attitudes, and lower their costs of adopting IT. The use of IT, not necessarily its production, is what matters for economic development.
The contributors argue that no country can achieve development without government investment in, and promotion of, IT. The use of IT - and not necessarily its production - is what matters for economic development. economic development.
Autorenporträt
Matti Pohjola is Principal Academic Officer at the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), United Nations University, and Professor of Economics at Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland