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The Globalizing Learning Economy$
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Daniele Archibugi and Bengt-Åke Lundvall

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258178

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199258171.001.0001

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The Learning Economy and International Inequality

The Learning Economy and International Inequality

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(p.147) 8 The Learning Economy and International Inequality
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The Globalizing Learning Economy
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Chris Freeman (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199258171.003.0009

This chapter argues that the phenomenon of international equality and the related problem of inequality within countries may best be understood in the light of a systematic theory of technical change and long cycles in economic growth. The first section briefly introduces the theme of widening gaps between rich and poor countries, and the next discusses the analogous problem of widening gaps in the distribution of income within countries. The third section links these problems of inequality to long‐term changes in technology and to the problems of ‘catch‐up’ by countries that have fallen behind. The fourth section relates this discussion to contemporary problems of catch‐up in information and communication technology (ICT). The final section presents conclusions and points to some important differences between the international and national dimensions of inequality.

Keywords:   economic growth, equality, ICT, income distribution, inequality, information and communication technology, learning economy, technology

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