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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.

TAP Blog

Is AI Creating or Destroying Jobs?

Can we observe whether artificial intelligence is destroying jobs, by, for instance, replacing humans for some tasks, or creating jobs, perhaps by increasing productivity as it provides humans with the tools to do more tasks? MIT economist Daron Acemoglu summarizes research that he has conducted with his colleagues to answer this question.

Daron Acemoglu

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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Do we need humans for that job? Automation booms after COVID

“Many of the jobs that get automated were at the middle of the skill distribution. They don’t exist anymore, and the workers that used to perform them are now doing lower-skill jobs.” — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT

Daron Acemoglu
AP News
September 5, 2021

Featured Article

The Right to Quantitative Privacy

Law enforcement agencies subject citizens to surveillance by systems that aggregate large amounts of data from sources such as telephone records or drones. Such indiscriminate, broad surveillance violates Fourth Amendment privacy rights.

By: Danielle Citron, David C. Gray