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Assessing the Impact of Technology and Globalisation: The Effects on Growth and Employment, Final Report

Project ID: HPSE-CT-1999-00043


Unemployment has remained at relatively high levels across most European countries for a generation now. There have been a number of suggested explanations for this, with correspondingly different policy implications. Two of the major hypotheses relate first, to the impact on the European economies from increased international competition and �globalisation� more generally, and secondly, to the effects of new technology and innovation. There are of course many different factors involved within each of these explanations. And as with most economic processes, there are all sorts of linkages between the factors at work under each of what are in reality rather broad headings.
The role of multinational corporations is just one of the more obvious factors that both affects and is effected by processes of globalisation and of technological innovation. Indeed, there has emerged a whole literature around the phenomenon of �technological globalisation� the extent to which the new technologies have driven globalisation rather than the other way around, the degree to which multinational corporations have become truly global companies rather than remaining nationally based companies simply operating globally, and so on.
This is the background to the EU-wide research project conducted from 2000-2002 'Assessing the Impact of Technology and Globalisation: The effects on growth and employment" (AITEG), the results of which form the basis of this report. The research from the AITEG project, have illustrated the sort of policy agenda that can encourage firms to innovate and to create productive links with other firms and institutions. Some of these policies will still - despite globalisation - be country specific.

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