Approaching digital economy from the perspective of political economics

PEI Changhong1 NI Jiangfei2 LI Yue2

(1.Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 102488)
(2.Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences 102488)

【Abstract】Digital economy is a more advanced and sustainable economic form. Information and communications technology, as the core technology, has played an unprecedented role in promoting the development of social economy in all aspects. This paper firstly explains the concept of digital economy based on economics, and then analyzes the social reproduction process of digital information products and the characteristics of digital industry before proceeding to discuss the features of the micro-agents of digital economy and the sharing economy by adopting the basic principle of political economics. The emergence of digital economy poses challenges to the traditional economics and there is a pressing need for theoretical research and innovation to explain the new economic phenomenon.

【Keywords】 digital economy; political economics; sharing economy; theoretical innovation;


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Article Outline



  • 1 Economic explanation of the concept of digital economy
  • 2 Social reproduction process of digital economy
  • 3 Micro-agents of digital economy and sprout of sharing economy
  • 4 Industrial features and theoretical challenges of digital economy
  • 5 Conclusion and prospect
  • Footnote