Industrial Information Technologies and Comparative Advantage in International Trade



Whereas the previous chapter described the differential access of developing countries to various communication technologies, this chapter is concerned instead with information technologies that are used specifically for industrial purposes, such as computer-aided design (CAD), numerically-controlled machine tools (NCMTs), and robots.1 As before we are concerned with the differential rates of adoption of these technologies among developing countries and the factors underlying such differences. But we also wish to examine the implications for global competition of a situation in which adoption of the new technologies is concentrated among only a limited group of countries. Of particular concern to us in this regard are the effects of adoption on the competitive standing of the large number of non-adopting firms and countries.


Comparative Advantage Manufacture Export Capital Intensity Product Substitutability International Labour Office 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tilburg UniversityThe Netherlands

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