The world economy in 2010 and the revolution of services

Vol. 9 No. 2 (1989)

Apr-Jun / 1989
Published April 1, 1989
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How to Cite

Braga, Carlos Alberto Primo. 1989. “The World Economy in 2010 and the Revolution of Services”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 9 (2):245-58.

The world economy in 2010 and the revolution of services

Carlos Alberto Primo Braga
Faculdade de Economia e Administração da Universidade de São Paulo – FEA/USP. São Paulo/SP, Brasil.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 9 No. 2 (1989), Apr-Jun / 1989, Pages 245-258


This paper analyses the impacts of ongoing technological innovations (particularly,
in microelectronics) on the future of the world economy. The author argues that
service-intensive activities will become increasingly important, and the world economy will
reach “network characteristics “, with a much higher degree of interdependence than ever.
The technical feasibility of worldwide integration, however, will not necessarily translate
itself into economic integration given the resistance of nationalist and protectionist forces.
And the disarray of the international financial system will tend to foster these forces. Against
this background, the options for Brazil vis-à-vis the worldwide integration process are also

JEL Classification: F02; L80.

Keywords: Structural change services sector integration