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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Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality

“Automation-fueled inequality is not an act of God or nature, it’s the result of choices corporations and we as a society have made about how to use technology.” — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT

Daron Acemoglu
Source: The New York Times
January 20, 2022

For big tech regulation, one-size-fits-all won't work

“You can worry about YouTube, Twitter, any social media platform with content moderation, but that's completely different than what's going on with Amazon and Google. If you lump them together, you're going to get the wrong solution because it's different problems.” — Carl Shapiro, Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley

Carl Shapiro
Source: TechTarget
October 29, 2021

Home Vs Office: What Is the Best Hybrid Work Mix for Workers?

“Think about a typical office week and think about what we do. For a typical worker 50 percent of that is activities that are social and best done face-to-face.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics , Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: Al Jazeera
October 15, 2021

Would Robot Umpires Have Prevented the Wilmer Flores Giants-Dodgers Controversy?

“If the robot can be more objective than an umpire,” he said Friday, “then I think that is good for baseball, especially if fans feel that the robot is objective. ” — James Bessen, Executive Director , Technology & Policy Research Initiative at Boston University’s Law School

James Bessen
Source: The Washington Post
October 15, 2021

The Great Pandemic Work-from-Home Experiment Was a Remarkable Success

“Probably the biggest surprise of the pandemic was that working from home worked so well.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: The Washington Post
October 14, 2021

As Workers Age, Robots Take on More Jobs

“Aging is a huge part of the story” in robot adoption.” — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT

Daron Acemoglu
Source: Reuters
September 16, 2021

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
Source: AP News
September 5, 2021

Why the 'Great Remote Work Experiment' May Have Been Flawed

“Without the unique pressure-cooker environment of the pandemic, there wouldn’t have been as many leaps in remote-work technological innovation.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: BBC
August 11, 2021

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
Source: The Washington Post
July 21, 2021

Pandemic Wave of Automation May Be Bad News for Workers

If we automated less, we would not actually have generated that much less output but we would have had a very different trajectory for inequality. — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT


Daron Acemoglu
Source: The New York Times
July 3, 2021
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Facial Recognition for Authorisation Purposes

In this third of six reports from the Mapping the Use of Facial Recognition in Public Spaces in Europe (MAPFRE) project, Professor Theodore Christakis, Université Grenoble Alpes, and his colleagues provide the first ever detailed analysis of what is the most widespread way in which facial recognition is used in public and private spaces: to authorize access to a place or to a service.

Théodore Christakis and Karine Bannelier, Claude Castelluccia, and Daniel Le Métayer

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High Skilled Immigration Reform

The United States immigration policy is the set of laws and provisions that regulates the entry and the stay of non-US citizens on national territory. High-skilled, college-educated immigrants contribute to scientific and technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and job-creation in the U.S.

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Experienced Segregation

GPS data can be used to estimate how often people encounter others of diverse backgrounds throughout their day.

By: Matthew Gentzkow, Billy Ferguson, Susan Athey, Tobias Schmidt