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Department of Accounting and Information Systems
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I know why the caged bird sings. -- Maya Angelou
Bridging Knowledge Disparities and Creating Sustainable DevelopmentBuilding a Knowledge Society represents an aspiration that has been the thread of a voluminous body of work ranging from the classic treatise by Adam Smith (1776) to more contemporary work by Joseph Stiglitz (1999) and Michael Spence (2008). It has been shown that knowledge and its diffusion become potent factors of innovation; and this creates a level of playing field of opportunities and hence reduces income and wealth disparities (Piketty 2014). My research focus addresses the following key questions. How can knowledge be diffused across asociety so that it may be more effectively exploited to create national wealth? Can we bridge knowledge disparities with digital literacy? Will the resultant “level playing field” generate greater contributions ofnational wealth and a more equitable sharing of it?