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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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The Paradox of Technological Déjà Vu

Harvard economics professor Shane Greenstein uses the development of blockchain technology to illustrate the economic elements of technological breakthroughs.

Shane Greenstein

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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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Bias Detectives: The Researchers Striving to Make Algorithms Fair

"What concerns me most is the idea that we’re coming up with systems that are supposed to ameliorate problems [but] that might end up exacerbating them." — Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research

Kate Crawford
Nature
June 20, 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