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U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan originated using "weightless" to describe computer-powered information technology. Diane Coyle employs his metaphor to explain that the European world is afflicted with unemployment and insecurity because of the evolution from industrial output to weightlessness. Her view of the new technology’s international economic impact is distinctly European/British. She paints her strategy for managing the digital economy with a colorful but broad brush: better education, international ethical standards, governmental flexibility, liberalism. Her writing features quirky phrases, challenging sentence structure, and a few British spellings. Coyle includes surprising anecdotes and sparkling quotes from diverse sources - a valuable lexicon for further reading. recommends this book to those with an eclectic, liberal, literate, European view of the difference between the U.S. economic experience and that of the rest of the world. Such a reader will be delighted here.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why weightlessness symbolizes the economic effects of advances in information and communication technology;
  • Why technology’s impact on employment will depend on the general economic policy framework; and
  • What world governments must do to adapt to the radical shifting of economic and political components.

About the Author

Diane Coyle is economics editor of The Independent, in London, England.



Economics Lite
Fifteen years ago, the value of imports was measured by their weight: hundred-weights of wheat, barrels of oil, tons of computers. Today the idea of weighing a shipment of computers is absurd on its face. Imagine weighing software or a web site or a designer label. They ...

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