The Evolution of Advanced Large Scale Information Infrastructure in the United States

51 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2000 Last revised: 5 Oct 2010

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Shane M. Greenstein

Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Mercedes M. Lizardo

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Economics

Pablo T. Spiller

University of California, Berkeley - Business & Public Policy Group

Date Written: February 1997

Abstract

Is private industry investing in backbone digital technology in a manner consistent with social policy? To address this question we assemble highly disaggregate data and compute indices for the geographic distribution of advanced backbone information technology in computing and telecommunications, focusing on recent changes in the indices. Our evidence suggests that the stock of advanced information technology capital, and access to it, became more equally distributed across the U.S. between the mid 1980s and early 1990s. In light of these findings there needs to be careful rethinking of the current policy concerns about the distribution of backbone technologies.

Suggested Citation

Greenstein, Shane M. and Lizardo, Mercedes M. and Spiller, Pablo T., The Evolution of Advanced Large Scale Information Infrastructure in the United States (February 1997). NBER Working Paper No. w5929. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=225710

Shane M. Greenstein (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit ( email )

Boston, MA 02163
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Mercedes M. Lizardo

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Department of Economics

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Pablo T. Spiller

University of California, Berkeley - Business & Public Policy Group ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
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510-642-2826 (Fax)

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