This thesis is centered around two empirical questions. The first question deals with the paradox that the ICT revolution does not pay off with higher productivity growth for the ICT- users. The interaction between production and knowledge accumulation and the ¿general- purpose' nature of the ICT revolution is examined to explain the paradoxical finding. The second question ¿ what explains the increase in wage inequality between high-skilled and low-skilled workers over the last two decades ¿ is studied from several angles. The role for trade is assessed alongside of different technology-based explanations. Both questions are addressed from a uniform conceptual framework emphasizing the importance of knowledge and knowledge spillovers for understanding modern economic growth.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||6 Oct 2000|
|Place of Publication||Tilburg|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|