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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Daron Acemoglu: The Direction of the Future of AI Is in Our Hands

In an article written for Boston Review, MIT economics professor Daron Acemoglu examines the current impact of AI technologies and automation on the economy, society, and democracies; and provides a course of action for redirecting “AI research toward a more productive path.”

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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.


Opinion: The AI We Should Fear Is Already Here

Alas, current AI technologies are not just far from general intelligence; they are not even that good at things that are second nature to humans — such as facial recognition, language comprehension and problem-solving — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT

Daron Acemoglu
The Washington Post
July 21, 2021

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Global Talent Flows

The mobility of skilled workers around the globe is important to enhancing productivity and promoting innovation worldwide. Increasingly, high-skilled migrants move to a few countries to seek education and job opportunities.

By: William R. Kerr, Çağlar Özden, Christopher Robert Parsons, Sari Pekkala Kerr