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Priorities of economic policy for the development of the digital economy

Vol. 15, Iss. 7, JULY 2019

Received: 15 April 2019

Received in revised form: 5 May 2019

Accepted: 21 June 2019

Available online: 15 July 2019


JEL Classification: A13, E02, E14

Pages: 1198–1214

Popov E.V. Institute of Economics, Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation

Semyachkov K.A. Institute of Economics, Ural Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation

Fairuzova D.Yu. Ural Federal University named after the First President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin (UrFU), Yekaterinburg, Russian Federation

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Subject The study focuses on economic relations among authorities, economic agents and people in implementing digital technologies and raising up the digital society.
Objectives The study systematizes priorities of economic policy for the development of the digital economy, which underlies a set of measures and actions the government undertakes to make and implement macroeconomic decisions for creating the digital society.
Methods We apply the logic systems approach to analyzing published data. The pool of analyzable data includes websites of national governments that perform promising projects for implementing digital technologies.
Results Analyzing the data, we note that various countries form the digital society goals pursuing rather different goals. The United Kingdom strives to gain global leadership in cyber space, while Germany focuses on digital production. China tries to take lead in high-tech production. The USA is interested in international trade, while Japan aspires to create the human-oriented digital society. The article describes the current program-based activities for raising up the digital society in some countries, such as Singapore, United Kingdom, USA, China, Germany, Japan.
Conclusions and Relevance The Russian Federation implements the most holistic program for developing the digital economy. The Russian program is intended to provide for the knowledge-driven society, raise the public awareness and digital literacy, wellbeing and quality of living, make public services more accessible and robust, and ensure the national security domestically and globally.

Keywords: development priorities, digital economy, development programs, leadership


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