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New Perspectives on Economic Growth and Technological Innovation - F. M Scherer

New Perspectives on Economic Growth and Technological Innovation

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Published: 1st June 1999
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Two hundred years ago, the first Industrial Revolution sparked a dramatic acceleration in the quantity of goods and services available to the average citizen--a trend of steadily increasing real income per capita that continues to this day. Since that time, economists have struggled to develop systematic explanations for what caused the sudden, rapid increase, why the economy keeps growing, and why the rate of growth varies in different time periods and nations. In this book, F. M. Scherer traces the evolution of economic growth theory from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Emphasizing technological change as the most crucial dynamic force for growth, Scherer analyzes early hypotheses that paid little attention to new technologies, follows the emergence of theories that increasingly emphasized technological change, and reviews the current state of economic growth theory. Pointing out a lack of solid microbehavioral foundations to support contemporary " new growth" ideas, Scherer then supplies some foundational " bricks" concerning financial investment and human capital, and concludes by exploring the prospects for sustaining rapid growth into the next century. Copublished with the British-North American Committee

"In conclusion, in a style accessible to all, the book provides food for thought on a whole range of controversial issues. It is highly recommendable for undergraduates and postgraduates, but arguably even more so for those in the world of university and business who have to take important decisions so often that they have no time left to dedicate to reading. Scherer's is a readable yet rigorous summing-up and in a world in which we increasingly complain about the lack of a linkage between the academic world and the real one, we have to be grateful to him for that." --D. Archibugi, Rome, Italy, Journal of Economics, vol. 73, no. 2; 2001 "Scherer... accomplishes much in this short book... Accessible to a wide audience, this book is recommended for public, adacemic, and professional collections. " --J. M. Nowakowski, Muskingum College

Introductionp. 1
Traditional Views of Economic Growthp. 7
The Transition to New Paradigmsp. 25
Interim Evaluationp. 49
Investing in Technological Innovationp. 53
Human Capitalp. 89
Conclusionp. 119
Notesp. 129
Indexp. 149
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ISBN: 9780815777953
ISBN-10: 0815777957
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 0.64
Weight (kg): 0.27