Veneta Andonova
U. Los Andes, Bogotá

Andonova

(Monday, 15th May 2006)

Title : Information and Communication Technologies and Government

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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) do not develop uniformly throughout the world. Local conditions like regulations, government protection of private investors, education level and urbanization are factors found to affect ICT diffusion rate (Guillen and Suarez, 2001; Andonova, 2006). On the other hand, new technologies like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) are likely to affect both the telecommunications industry structure and the way organizations and governments work (Ladron and Andonova, 2006). Our discussion will consider the relationship between ICT, government policies and organizational governance offering novel venues for future research

Bibliographical references :

Must read reference : M. Guillén and S. Suárez (2001) "Developing the Internet: Entrepreneurship and public policy in Ireland, Singapore, Argentina, and Spain", Telecommunications Policy 25 (2001) 349-371.

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Must read reference : V.Andonova (2006) "Mobile Phones, the Internet, and the Institutional Environment", Telecommunications Policy, forthcoming.

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V. Andonova and A. Ladron (2006) "Technology Interactions in the Presence of Network Effects: Fixed Telephony, Mobile Telephony and the Internet", UPF working paper.

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Andonova

(Monday, 21st May 2007)

Title : Measuring institutions

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This workshop will moderate a discussion around two central topics: (1) popular measures of institutions and (2) some methodological issues related to variable definition, the underlying assumptions and the downside of instrumental variables. Institutional proxies used by both economists (i.e. the index of secure property rights) and sociologists (i.e. the Hofstede’s cultural factors) will be discussed.

Bibliographical references :

Must read reference : Przeworski, Adam (2004), “Some Historical, Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Identifying Effects of Political Institutions”

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Acemoglu, D and S. Johnson (2005), “Unbundling Institutions,” Journal of Political Economy, 113(5).

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