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A Framework for Thinking About Our New, Knowledge Economy: Outline

-- Bradford DeLong (, May 04, 2000


There has to be an important role for governments and academia--and private-sector open-source--to play. I'm trying to think about what it is...

-- Bradford DeLong (, May 04, 2000.

I am very impressed. I have never seen such kind of online education before on the webpage of a Professor. I saw this site by coincidence.I will apply to Phd program in economics, and according to the application materials, I need to provide the names of some professors who I am interested. Therefore, I was looking for your articles to understand your main area of interest. But your home page attracted my attention. Hence, I wanted to make a comment about it. Since internet is widely used, online education can be an effective way of teaching. I believe there is a high correletion between the development of economics and technology and this correlation is increasing at an increasing rate. I hope you continue this methodology.

-- Bilgehan Karabay (, May 04, 2000.

An important piece of the infrastructure of this new economy is not finished: the Internet. As the Elite, or even just Skilled, workers of the academic world are drawn into commercial enterprises, who will be left to contribute the science--algorithms, protocols, & architectures--to move the Internet to the next level? Will the global E-commerce infrastructure be designed and sold by Microsoft, Cisco and IBM? Should or can government focus investments to realize a digital infrastructure supporting an open market for goods and services?

I think there is a role for governments and academia to play, like they did in the creation of the original DARPA-funded Internet. I'm just not sure what it is. Your framework and associated debate might help.

-- G Mahoney (, May 04, 2000.

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