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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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Why Silicon Valley’s Biggest Companies Are Investing Billions in India

“Much as it pains me to say it, the US isn't nearly as attractive a place for innovation as it was five years ago,” — Mark Lemley, Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology, Stanford University
Mark Lemley
Source: CNN Business
July 17, 2020

End of the Office: The Quiet, Grinding Loneliness of Working from Home

“Working from home might boost productivity for a while, “but it’s so costly in terms of creativity and inspiration.” — Nick Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University
Nicholas Bloom
Source: The Guardian
July 14, 2020

What We Owe Essential Workers

“When technology makes labor critical to the production process, workers’ bargaining power will necessarily increase.” — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economocs, MIT
Daron Acemoglu
Source: Project Syndicate
July 6, 2020

Downturns Tend to Reduce Gender Inequality. Not Under Covid-19

“Industries involving face-to-face interaction, such as hospitality, have suffered most. In America health care and education have not been spared, with five times as many women losing their jobs as men.”
 — Nicholas Bloom, William Eberle Professor of Economics, Stanford University
Nicholas Bloom
Source: The Economist
June 15, 2020

Many Jobs May Vanish Forever as Layoffs Mount

“I hate to say it, but this is going to take longer and look grimmer than we thought.”
— Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University
Nicholas Bloom
Source: The New York Times
May 21, 2020

Everyone Wins from Vaccine Cooperation

“More than any other single intervention, a widely distributed, effective vaccine would allow the world economy to restart. With $375 billion in global wealth evaporating each month, that moment cannot come soon enough.”
— Susan Athey, Professor of Economics and Technology, Stanford University


Susan Athey
Source: Project Syndicate
May 14, 2020

Immigration Policies Threaten American Competitiveness

“Talent flows to where it is most productively utilized and welcome, and while the destination of choice has long been the United States, other countries are increasingly challenging America’s dominance.”
 — William Kerr, D’Arbeloff Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University
William R. Kerr
Source: Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge
May 11, 2020

How Will COVID-19 Change the World by 2025? How Remote Learning Changes Education

"To close the digital divide, the federal government needs to view broadband like the US Postal Service when it was first developed, concentrating on connecting all citizens rather than just communities where the service makes economic sense." — Randal Picker, Professor of Law, University of Chicago


Randal Picker
Source: Futurity
May 6, 2020

The Pandemic Will Change American Retail Forever

“If we shut the door on immigration because of the pandemic, something important will be lost on American streets.” — William Kerr, Professor, Harvard Business School

 


William R. Kerr
Source: The Atlantic
April 27, 2020

The Privacy Issues of Letting Big Tech Tackle the Pandemic

"Those who champion the use of smartphone tracking often ignore that the countries that successfully curbed their pandemics used smartphone apps alongside rigorous testing and aggressive physical-distancing measures." — Ryan Calo, Co-director, University of Washington Tech Policy Lab
M. Ryan Calo
Source: The Globe and Mail
April 23, 2020
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What We Owe Essential Workers

MIT economics professor Daron Acemoglu discusses the policies in place that support companies’ choices to increase automation, and he outlines a course of action for policy reforms and technology development that could benefit workers of all skills and backgrounds.

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