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Innovation and Economic Growth

Researchers today are trying to understand how information technology affects innovation, productivity, and economic growth while studying the impact of political and legal ground rules. Academics featured here are looking at the potential to create jobs and keep policymakers aware of emerging trends in technology.

Featured Article

The Big Data Boom Is the Innovation Story of Our Time

This article provides a lay summary of recent developments in business uses of big data sets.

By: Erik Brynjolfsson, Andrew McAfee

Fact Sheets

Innovation

Innovation is a word used to describe new ideas and inventions that have impact – impact to consumers, to markets, to industries, to the economy as a whole, and even to society and culture.

TAP Blog

Innovation, Antitrust and Healthcare among Topics Discussed at Searle Center Conference

At this year’s Conference on Antitrust Economics and Competition Policy, hosted by Northwestern’s Searle Center, renowned scholars, policy makers, and industry leaders discussed topics such as exclusive deals, vertical integration, antitrust and healthcare, and innovation. Keynote speaker Carl Shapiro discussed software patents and innovation.

TAP Guest Blogger

Quote

Why Apple Pay Can Succeed Where Google Wallet Failed

"Apple has a lot of experience in squeezing companies that thought they were the ones squeezing everyone else." — James Grimmelmann, Professor of Law, University of Maryland

James Grimmelmann
Slate
September 12, 2014