Understanding the Digital Economy: Data, Tools, and Research

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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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"This comprehensive and penetrating collection frames and answers many of the most important questions of economics raised by cyberspace andits regulation.

This book is a critical resource to anyone wanting to understand the economics of online behavior and online life." -Lawrence Lessig, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School

"This comprehensive and penetrating collection frames and answers many of the most importance questions of economics raised by cyberspace and its regulation.

This book is a critical resource to anyone wanting to understand the economics of online behavior and online life." Lawrence Lessig, Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor forEntrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262523301
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Erik Brynjolfsson, Schussel Family Professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management and Director of the MIT Center for Digital Business, is the coeditor of Understanding the Digital Economy: Data, Tools, and Research (MIT Press).

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

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Table of Contents

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following chapters are available in PDF format. Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software)
Erik Brynjolfsson and Brian Kahin
The Macroeconomic Perspective
Measuring the Digital
John Haltiwanger and Ron S. Jarmin
GDP and the Digital
Economy: Keeping up with the Changes
Brent R. Moulton
Understanding Digital
Technology's Evolution and the Path of Measured Productivity Growth:
Present and Future in the Mirror of the Past
Paul A. David
Market Structure, Competition, and the Role of Small
Digital Markets: Review and Assessment
Michael D. Smith, Joseph Bailey, and Erik Brynjolfsson
Market Structure in the
Network Age
Hal R. Varian
The Evolving Structure
of Commercial Internet Markets
Shane Greenstein
Small Companies in the Digital
Sulin Ba, Andrew B. Whinston, and Han Zhang
Small Business,
Innovation, and Public Policy in the Information Technology Industry
Josh Lerner
Employment, Workforce, and Access
Technological Change,
Computerization, and the Wage Structure
Lawrence F. Katz
The Growing Digital
Divide: Implications for an Open Research Agenda
Donna L. Hoffman and Thomas P. Novak
Extending Access to the
Digital Economy to Rural and Developing Regions
Heather E. Hudson
Organizational Change
IT and Organizational
Change in Digital Economies: A Sociotechnical Approach
Rob Kling and Roberta Lamb
Organizational Change and
the Digital Economy: A Computational Organization SciencePerspective
Kathleen M. Carley
The Truth Is Not Out
There: An Enacted View of the "Digital Economy"
Wanda J. Orlikowski and C. Suzanne Iacono
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