Defining, Conceptualising and Measuring the Digital EconomyCitation formats

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Defining, Conceptualising and Measuring the Digital Economy. / Bukht, Rumana; Heeks, Richard.

Manchester : University of Manchester, Global Development Institute, 2017. p. 1-24 (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 68).

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Bukht, R & Heeks, R 2017 'Defining, Conceptualising and Measuring the Digital Economy' GDI Development Informatics Working Papers, no. 68, University of Manchester, Global Development Institute, Manchester, pp. 1-24. <http://hummedia.manchester.ac.uk/institutes/gdi/publications/workingpapers/di/di_wp68.pdf>

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Bukht, R., & Heeks, R. (2017). Defining, Conceptualising and Measuring the Digital Economy. (pp. 1-24). (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; No. 68). University of Manchester, Global Development Institute. http://hummedia.manchester.ac.uk/institutes/gdi/publications/workingpapers/di/di_wp68.pdf

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Bukht R, Heeks R. Defining, Conceptualising and Measuring the Digital Economy. Manchester: University of Manchester, Global Development Institute. 2017, p. 1-24. (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; 68).

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Bukht, Rumana ; Heeks, Richard. / Defining, Conceptualising and Measuring the Digital Economy. Manchester : University of Manchester, Global Development Institute, 2017. pp. 1-24 (GDI Development Informatics Working Papers; 68).

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