Geography and International Inequalities: The Impact of New Technologies*

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Abstract

Some writers have predicted that new technologies mean the “death of distance”, allowing suitably skilled economies to converge with high income countries. This paper evaluates this claim. It argues that geography matters for international income inequalities, and that new technologies will change, but not abolish this dependence. Some activities may become more entrenched in high income countries than they are at present. Others—where information can be readily codified and digitized—will relocate, but typically only to a subset of lower income countries. These countries will benefit, but other countries will continue to experience the costs of remoteness.

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  • Anthony J. Venables

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