Productivity, Inequality, and the Digital Economy: A Transatlantic Perspective

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Nathalie Greenan, Yannick L'Horty, Jacques Mairesse
MIT Press, Aug 2, 2002 - Business & Economics - 316 pages
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Essays on the computer and the economy, particularly in relation to employment rates and to wage inequality.The widespread diffusion of information and communication technologies (ICT) has had controversial, seemingly paradoxical consequences. ICT are viewed as driving growth and employment in the United States, while contributing to European unemployment and the so-called Eurosclerosis. At the same time, both the United States and Europe have seen increased wage inequalities between skilled and unskilled workers.This book explores the computer's puzzling effects on the economy, at both the micro and macro levels. The contributions include data from field work, small samples of firms, and national surveys of management practice; econometric studies; and macroeconomic theoretical analysis.
 

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Contents

The Mismeasurement Hypothesis and the Productivity Slowdown The Evidence
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Comments on Chapter 1
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Information Technology Organizational Transformation and Business Performance
55
Comments on Chapter 2
93
Innovation and Employment A Critical Survey
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Comments on Chapter 3
133
The Inequality Puzzle
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Technological Bias and Employment Inequality A Macroeconomic Perspective
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Comments on Chapter 4
171
Technical Change and the Structure of Employment and Wages A Survey of the Microeconometric Evidence
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Comments on Chapter 5
225
By What Means Does Information Technology Affect Employment and Wages?
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Comments on Chapter 6
269
Computer Productivity and Wages Reflections on the Economics of the Information Age
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Index
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Nathalie Greenan is a researcher in economics at the Centre d'Etudes de l'Emploi and an associate researcher at the Centre National de Recherches Scientifique.

Yannick L'Horty is Professor of Economics at the University of Evry.

Jacques Mairesse is Inspecteur-Général at the Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economique and a senior researcher at the Centre de la Recherche en Economie et Statistique.

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