nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2007‒09‒30
four papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Information and communications technologies,coordination and control, and the distribution of income By Frederick Guy; Peter Skott
  2. Information Revolutions and the Overthrow of Autocratic Regimes By Chris Edmond
  3. Belief Free Incomplete Information Games By Dirk Bergemann; Stephen Morris
  4. The Effect of Information and Communication Technologies on Urban Structure By Yannis M. Ioannides; Henry G. Overman; Esteban Rossi-Hansberg; Kurt Schmidheiny

  1. By: Frederick Guy (Birkbeck College); Peter Skott (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
    Abstract: We consider the links between information and communications technologies (ICTs) and the distribution of income, as mediated by problems of coordination and control within organizations. In the large corporations of the mid-twentieth century, a highly developed division of labor was coordinated and controlled with the aid of relatively underdeveloped ICTs. This created a situation in which the options of top manage- ment were constrained while the individual and collective power of lower paid workers was enhanced. Only in the late twentieth century, when the microprocessor and re- lated technologies transformed the information systems of organizations, did improve- ments in the tools of coordination and control race ahead of the growing demands of coordination and control. These technological changes have reduced the power of lower-paid employees, increased that for higher-paid employees, and led to an increase in income inequality. Thus, the more important aspects of new technology relate to the "power-bias", rather than the "skill-bias", of technological change. JEL Categories: J31, O33
    Keywords: communications technology, power-biased technical change, inequality, work intensity, efficiency wage.
    Date: 2007–09
  2. By: Chris Edmond
    Date: 2007
  3. By: Dirk Bergemann; Stephen Morris
    Date: 2007–09–24
  4. By: Yannis M. Ioannides; Henry G. Overman; Esteban Rossi-Hansberg; Kurt Schmidheiny
    Date: 2007

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