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World development report 1998/1999 : knowledge for development (Chinese)

This is the twenty-first in the annual series assessing major development issues. This report acknowledges that knowledge, not capital, is the key to sustained economic growth and improvements in human well-being. It distinguishes between two sorts of knowledge: knowledge about technology, called technical knowledge or simply know-how, and knowledge about attributes, that is, knowledge about products, processes, or institutions. The report focuses on the relationship between the unequal distribution in know-how (knowledge gaps) across and within countries and the difficulties posed by having incomplete knowledge of attributes (information problems). In the first of three parts, the report discusses the importance of knowledge to development, and the risks and opportunities that the information revolution poses for developing countries. It then examines three critical steps that developing countries must take to narrow knowledge gaps: acquiring knowledge, absorbing knowledge, and communicating knowledge. Part 2 discusses the nature and extent of information problems, specific information problems, and three areas where information problems are most severe, namely in financial information, in environmental research, and in listening to the poor. Part 3 summarizes what knowledge and information requirements mean for developing government and international institution policies.


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    Dahlman,Carl J., Kouame,Auguste Tano, Vishwanath,Tara

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    World Development Report

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    World development report 1998/1999 : knowledge for development

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    Knowledge acquisition; Knowledge infrastructure; Knowledge competencies; Knowledge assets; Knowledge level; Knowledge transfer; Technical knowledge; Know-how; Information requirements; Local knowledge; Foreign investment; Licensing of intellectual property; Trade liberalization; Basic education; Girls' education; Lifelong learning; Educational investment; Disadvantaged groups; Information technology; Telecommunications; Financial regulation; Research & development; Accounting; Beneficiary participation; Information dissemination; Risk aversion; Access to credit; Access to lending; Knowledge sharing; Information exchange; Extension services; Donor coordination; Public information; Government policy; Development organizations; Primary education; Information gaps; Information needs; Community participation; Credibility; Information users; information access; Information infrastructure; Knowledge infrastructure; Insurance; Gross national product; Quality of life; Statistical data; Social statistics; Economic statistics; Demography; Poverty statistics; Educational statistics; Health statistics; Environmental statistics; Financial statistics; International trade



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Dahlman,Carl J. Kouame,Auguste Tano Vishwanath,Tara

World development report 1998/1999 : knowledge for development (Chinese). World development report Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.