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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These Startups Are Betting on a Remote-First World

"More work will likely take place remotely—22 percent of workdays in the future, compared to just 5 percent pre-pandemic." — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: Wired
June 23, 2021

Stop Deporting Essential Workers Who Keep America Running

"Creating a path to citizenship for all undocumented people — as proposed in President Joe Biden’s U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 — would have the biggest impact, boosting gross domestic product by $1.7 trillion. This reform could fully fund the infrastructure bill.” — Giovanni Peri, Professor of Economics, University of California, Davis
Giovanni Peri
Source: The Seattle Times
June 22, 2021

The Supreme Court’s NCAA Ruling Has Huge Implications Outside of Sports

"The significance of the ruling goes far beyond the unique setting of college sports. The decision hints at a revival of antitrust law and its application to an area of the economy antitrust law has unjustly neglected — the labor market." — Eric Posner, Professor of Law, University of Chicago


Eric Posner
Source: The Washington Post
June 22, 2021

Don’t Let Employees Pick Their WFH Days

One concern is managing a hybrid team, where some people are at home and others are at the office. I hear endless anxiety about this generating an office in-group and a home out-group. — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: Harvard Business Review
May 25, 2021

AI’s Future Doesn’t Have to Be Dystopian

The negative impacts of AI on human labor can far exceed the statistical job losses that are directly accountable to automation. — Kate Crawford, Professor of Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California

Kate Crawford
Source: Boston Review
May 20, 2021

AI’s Future Doesn’t Have to Be Dystopian

When it comes to AI’s effect on the workforce, the real challenge is wages, not jobs. While employment has grown over the past forty years, real wages for Americans with a high school education or less have fallen. — Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab, Stanford University


Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: Boston Review
May 20, 2021

AI’s Future Doesn’t Have to Be Dystopian

AI can be used to increase human productivity, create jobs and shared prosperity, and protect and bolster democratic freedoms—but only if we modify our approach. — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT


Daron Acemoglu
Source: Boston Review
May 20, 2021

Should Alexa Read Our Moods?

“Using the human body for discriminating among people is something that we should not do.” — Joseph Turow, Professor of Media Systems & Industries, University of Pennsylvania

Joseph Turow
Source: The New York Times
May 19, 2021

Shhhh, They’re Listening – Inside the Coming Voice-Profiling Revolution

“Consider, too, the discrimination that can take place if voice profilers follow some scientists’ claims that it is possible to use an individual’s vocalizations to tell the person’s height, weight, race, gender, and health.” — Joseph Turow, Professor of Media Systems, Annenberg School for Communication

Joseph Turow
Source: Fast Company
May 3, 2021

Sticking With Remote Work? Businesses Are Betting on It

“This is the surge in (work-from-home) which is leading firms to spend heavily on connectivity.” — Nicholas Bloom, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

Nicholas Bloom
Source: U.S. News & World Report
May 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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More Than Money: Correlation Among Worker Demographics, Motivations, and Participation in Online Labor Market

Demographic factors such as age, gender, education and income sources explain participation in online labor markets such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. Men and women feel equal pressure to earn money, but schedule work differently.

By: Mary L. Gray, Siddharth Suri, Wei-Chu Chen