Tag Archives: Technological Change

Necessity is the Mother of Invention: Input Supplies and Directed Technical Change

From Walker Hanlon: This study provides causal evidence that a shock to the relative supply of inputs to production can (1) affect the direction of technological progress and (2) lead to a rebound in the relative price of the input that … Continue reading

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Polanyi’s Paradox and the Shape of Employment Growth

From David Autor: In 1966, the philosopher Michael Polanyi observed, “We can know more than we can tell… The skill of a driver cannot be replaced by a thorough schooling in the theory of the motorcar; the knowledge I have of … Continue reading

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Localized and Biased Technologies: Atkinson and Stiglitz’s New View, Induced Innovations, and Directed Technological Change

From Daron Acemoglu: This paper revisits the important ideas proposed by Atkinson and Stiglitz’s seminal 1969 paper on technological change. After linking these ideas to the induced innovation literature of the 1960s and the more recent directed technological change literature, … Continue reading

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Inequality and Technological Change: The Skill Complementarity of Broadband Internet

A very interesting paper from Anders Akerman, Ingvil Gaarder, Magne Mogstad: Does adoption of broadband internet in firms enhance labor productivity and increase wages? And is this technological change skill biased or factor neutral? We exploit rich Norwegian data with firm-level information on … Continue reading

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Fiscal Policy in a Changing World

From Larry Summers: I invite you to consider how the prodigious change associated with information technology that may be qualitatively different from past technological change may have defining implications for our economy going forward. If I have caused you to … Continue reading

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Technological Change through History: the View from 30,000 feet

Brad Delong has a an outstanding post on technological change. He categorizes how people add value and shows how technological change alters these categories. It’s interesting to think about his post and these issues in terms of a simple (classical) model and … Continue reading

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Who Benefits from Technological Change?

Given recent concern about technological change and how it is wrecking the middle class, I thought I’d share a simple illustration of what classical economic models* imply about the relationship between productivity growth and the returns to workers and capital owners. … Continue reading

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