The Effectiveness of Secondary Information Systems in Economics and Industry

  • Jack N. Wolfe
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The article reports briefly on a survey of the attitudes of users of technical information systems—mainly scientific research workers in British industries—concerning their benefits from such systems. It reports a parallel study of a survey among economists in Scottish universities as well. In both cases, advanced information techniques are rated rather poorly as compared with more orthodox techniques. Some tentative inferences for policy are drawn from those results which encapsulate some 15 man-years of work. It is concluded that personal contact and follow up of references are of great importance in economics.


Information Service Secondary Information Abstract Journal American Economic Association Primary Publication 
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© International Economic Association 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack N. Wolfe
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  1. 1.University of EdinburghUK

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