Understanding the Digital Economy: Data, Tools, and Research

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Erik Brynjolfsson, Brian Kahin
MIT Press, 2002 - Business & Economics - 401 pages
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The rapid growth of electronic commerce, along with changes in information, computing, and communications, is having a profound effect on the United States economy. President Clinton recently directed the National Economic Council, in consultation with executive branch agencies, to analyze the economic implications of the Internet and electronic commerce domestically and internationally, and to consider new types of data collection and research that could be undertaken by public and private organizations.This book contains work presented at a conference held by executive branch agencies in May 1999 at the Department of Commerce. The goals of the conference were to assess current research on the digital economy, to engage the private sector in developing the research that informs investment and policy decisions, and to promote better understanding of the growth and socioeconomic implications of information technology and electronic commerce. Aspects of the digital economy addressed include macroeconomic assessment, organizational change, small business, access, market structure and competition, and employment and the workforce.

  

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Contents

Measuring the Digital Economy
13
Keeping up with the Changes
34
Present and Future in the Mirror of the Past
49
Market Structure Competition and the Role of Small Business
97
Review and Assessment
99
Market Structure in the Network Age
137
The Evolving Structure of Commercial Internet Markets
151
Small Companies in the Digital Economy
185
Technological Change Computerization and the Wage Structure
217
Implications for an Open Research Agenda
245
Extending Access to the Digital Economy to Rural and Developing Regions
261
Organizational Change
293
A Sociotechnical Approach
295
A Computational Organization Science Perspective
325
An Enacted View of the Digital Economy
352
Contributors
381

Small Business Innovation and Public Policy in the Information Technology Industry
201
Employment Workforce and Access
215

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About the author (2002)

Erik Brynjolfsson is the director of the MIT Center for Digital Business. He is the author of several books including Wired for Innovation: How Information Technology Is Reshaping the Economy and The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.

Brian Kahin is Senior Fellow at the Computer & Communications Industry Association inWashington, DC. He is also Research Investigator and Adjunct Professor at the University of MichiganSchool of Information and a special advisor to the Provost's Office. He is a coeditor ofTransforming Enterprise (MIT Press, 2004) and many other books.

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