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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 Importance of Markets for Technology for Innovation – New Study by Daniel Spulber and Pere Arque'-Castells

In a recent paper, Professors Daniel Spulber, Northwestern University, and Pere Arque´-Castells, University of Groningen, show that some of the external benefits of R&D are transmitted through markets for technology.

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to technologies that perform learning and reasoning in ways that simulate human cognitive abilities.

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How Software Is Stifling Competition and Slowing Innovation

“There is an advantage to software that economists haven’t really reckoned with yet. Software isn’t accelerating creative destruction today. Software is suppressing it.” — James Bessen, Executive Director of the Technology & Policy Research, Boston University

James Bessen
The New York Times
July 21, 2022

Featured Article

Breaking the Privacy Gridlock: A Broader Look at Remedies

Regulatory systems outside of privacy can serve as models for the enforcement of consumer privacy legislation. Regulatory oversight, self-regulation, and class action suits may be effective in enforcing privacy standards.

By: Chris Hoofnagle, Ira Rubinstein, James Dempsey, Katherine Strandburg