A New Role for Business Services in Economic Growth

Mark Tomlinson

in The Globalizing Learning Economy

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199258178
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191595868 | DOI:
 A New Role for Business Services in Economic Growth

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Attempts to synthesize and summarize the main results of some recent quantitative macroeconomic analyses of the impact of business services (and knowledge‐intensive business services, in particular) on economic performance. Some background explanations are provided of the phenomena considered and some policy issues adumbrated that arise from this new research. It has been shown that although there are differing levels of knowledge‐intensive service activity in different countries, the impact that these services have on economic performance is highly significant in all the countries studied so far; this has several implications regarding the way in which services are viewed vis‐à‐vis manufacturing, and it also has important consequences for industrial policy. The chapter begins with a brief discussion of the traditional role of services in economic development and of how the theoretical underpinnings of older debates are now being challenged. A selection of the results of analysing knowledge‐intensive services from more recent literature at the macroeconomic level is then discussed, and conclusions drawn.

Keywords: business services; economic development; economic growth; economic performance; industrial policy; knowledge; knowledge‐intensive business services; macroeconomics

Chapter.  4534 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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