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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.

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Upcoming Events

Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*)

Presented by the New York University School of Law

February 23, 2018, New York, NY

Spring Distinguished Lecture with Kate Crawford: AI Now

Presented by Tech Policy Lab

March 6, 2018, Seattle, WA

Cyber Risks in an IoT World

A Silicon Flatirons Center event

March 15, 2018, Louisville, CO

TAP Blog

Geek Tragedy: Why Do IT Firms Lack Diversity?

MIT economist Glenn Ellison discusses the technology sector’s increasingly conspicuous lack of ethnic, gender, and social diversity.

Glenn Ellison

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.

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Can Big Tech Companies Find a Way to Reward Users for Their Data?

"We need a society that recognizes that [exchange] and gives credit to the people who are actually producing those [systems]. That way, the economic rewards flow to those people so they do the best job they can. We can have a fair income distribution and not have everything concentrated in a few owners of big companies." — Glen Weyl, Senior Researcher, Microsoft Research

E. Glen Weyl
Fast Company
January 29, 2018

Featured Article

Trading and Enforcing Patent Rights

We study how the market for innovation affects enforcement of patent rights.

By: Alberto Galasso, Carlos J. Serrano, Mark Schankerman