Abstract - The Information Society 4 (3)

The Geography of Economic Opportunity in the The Information Society

Mark E Hepworth

Studies of the information economy rarely consider its ''geography'' in individual countries, but spatial aspects are highly relevant to government policies addressing the social inequalities arising from regional underdevelopment. The broad implications for a regional policy are examined by focusing on Canada, where regional problems are threatening the nation's political and economic unity. Growth characteristics of the Canadian information labor force show that information activities now dominate the economy of every province. However, the resulting new types of distributional issues are outside the scope of existing regional policy, which focuses on influencing the location of manufacturing production and access to transportation. As a result, initial evidence on the ''first wave'' impact of economic and technological change suggests that the information revolution will exacerbate Canada's regional problems by increasing theconomic disparities among regions.

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