The Role of Technology in Economic Development

Technology is a central driving force of productivity growth, and economists estimate that the return on R&D is two to three times greater than physical capital. For the past 40 years, technological advances have provided the greatest source of permanent productivity growth. Yet, the federal government has been slow to implement policies that target economic development. In other advanced economies, the central government plays a more active role in encouraging innovation and economic growth. Listed below are some of the ways that technological advancements are enhancing the lives of citizens.

Technological advances have improved operations and lowered the cost of doing business

Technological advances have improved operations and lowered costs of doing business, but they have not matched the hype. Though these advancements have cut costs and increased productivity, they have also contributed to higher income inequality and fear of the “robocalypse” or mass job destruction. In this article, we … Read More