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Inside the Black Box : Technology and Economics - Nathan Rosenberg

Inside the Black Box

Technology and Economics

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Published: 9th May 1983
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Economists have long treated technological phenomena as events transpiring inside a black box and, on the whole, have adhered rather strictly to a self-imposed ordinance not to inquire too seriously into what transpires inside that box. The purpose of Professor Rosenberg's work is to break open and examine the contents of the black box. In so doing, a number of important economic problems be powerfully illuminated. The author clearly shows how specific features of individual technologies have shaped a number of variables of great concern to economists: the rate of productivity improvement, the nature of learning processes underlying technological change itself, the speed of technology transfer, and the effectiveness of government policies that are intended to influence technologies in particular ways. The separate chapters of this book reflect a primary concern with some of the distinctive aspects of industrial technologies in the twentieth century, such as the increasing reliance upon science, but also the considerable subtlety and complexity of the dialectic between science and technology. Other concerns include the rapid growth in the development of costs associated with new technologies as well as the difficulty of predicting the eventual performance characteristics of newly emerging technologies.

Preface
View of Technical Progress
The historiography of technical progress
Marx as a student of technology
Some Significant Characteristics of Technologies
Technological interdependence in the American economy
The effects of energy supply characteristics on technology and economic growth
On technological expectations
Learning by using
How exogenous is science?
Market Determinants of Technological Innovation
Technical change in the commercial aircraft industry, 1925-1975
The economic implications of the VSLI revolution
The influence of market demand upon innovation: a critical review of some recent empirical studies
Technology Transfer and Leadership: The International Context
The international transfer of technology: implications for the industrialised countries
US technological leadership and foreign competition: de te fabula narratur?
Index
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ISBN: 9780521273671
ISBN-10: 0521273676
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 9th May 1983
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.43