Global Electronic Commerce: A Policy Primer

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Peterson Institute, Jan 1, 2000 - Business & Economics - 213 pages
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Electronic commerce is changing the ways that businesses & consumers interact with each other, the products they create, buy & sell, & the way that they communicate, learn & become informed. How can policymakers position their countries & themselves to take advantage of this new environment? How should policymaking adjust to a more global, more networked & more information-rich marketplace where relationships & jurisdictions between the governments, businesses & citizens of different countries increasingly overlap? How can governments effectively harness rapidly changing technologies & partner with both domestic & foreign private sectors to reap the greatest benefits for their constituents? This primer answers these questions using both general analysis & specific examples. It addresses in particular the needs of policymakers in emerging markets who must formulate & refine policies that affect e-commerce in areas such as telecommunications & finance, international trade & domestic distribution & taxation & privacy. Companies considering doing business in these economies also will find that the examples of the issues that policymakers face, the different policy approaches that they choose & the market opportunities that arise as more & more economies around the world embrace global electronic commerce. July 2000. 230 pages. ISBN: paper 0-88132-274-1. $20.00. ". . . an impressive & comprehensive book on a complex subject . . . (It) will have use far beyond the developing countries for which it is primarily targeted." -Andrew Wyckoff, head of the Economic Analysis & Statistics Division, Directorate of Science, OECD.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Overview
9
Boxes
10
Internet Economics and the Economics of the Internet
21
Communications Systems
47
Financial Sector and Payment Systems
57
Distribution and Delivery
69
Opportunities and Challenges for Government and Policy
77
2 The DoubleClick imbroglio and information gathering
124
5 Changing US environment and emerging trends
130
The US approach
139
Government in the International Arena
143
1 United Nationsrelated organizations dealing with electronic
146
3 OECD research and activities
154
4 Whats in a name? Cybersquatting and intellectual property
163
7 Governmentendorsed principles to support electronic
170

The Gilmore Commission
85
A Residence
95
4 The agreement on government procurement under the
101
Government and the Environment of Certainty and Trust
103
1 us encryption policy
110
The Digital Divide
173
Conclusions and Recommendations
189
References
195
2 The growing importance of Internet telephony 54
205
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Catherine L. Mann, Senior Fellow, held several posts at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors (1984-87 & 1989-97), including Assistant Director & Special Assistant to the Staff Director, International Finance Division (1994-97). She was a Senior Economist on the Staff of the President's Council of Economic Advisors (1991-92), the principal staff member for the Chief Economist of the World Bank (1988-89) & a Ford Foundation Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (1987). She is an Adjunct Professor at the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt University & has also taught at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, University of Maryland, Georgetown, Boston College & MIT. She has written numerous articles on international trade & finance, publishing in the American Economic Review, Journal of International Money & Finance, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity & International Economy, among other journals & volumes. She is the author of Is the U.S. Trade Deficit Sustainable? (1999).

Eckert, visiting fellow, is senior fellow at the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Institute for International Studies at Brown University. She was assistant secretary of commerce for export administration, as well as a member of the staff of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives.

Knight is vice president of e-commerce strategy at HomeTies.net. Previously, she researched electronic commerce issues at the Institute for International Economics and worked with USDA's export promotion program and the international trade office of Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

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