|Lecture handout: Stagnation*
|Activity: Transformative Innovations|
Textbook Reading: Chapter 12 (Section 12.3; pp. 413-421)
- Eichengreen, Barry, 2015, “Secular Stagnation: The Long View.” American Economic Review, 105 (5): 66-70.
- Cowen, Tyler, “Ten Ways to Live a Less Complacent Life”, LinkedIn, May 2017
- Thierer, Adam, “How Many Lives Are Lost Due to the Precautionary Principle?” The Bridge, expert commentary, October 2019
I was saddened to learn recently that same amount of time had passed between the first human airplane flight and the first human spaceflight as between the first spaceflight and 2018 (see here).
Here is an example of a business model that sounds very high tech and contemporary… but originates from the 1930s!!
The UK used to have more electric vehicles than anywhere else in the world:
A fleet delivering local, organic produce on a next-day/subscription model, with payment after delivery, zero single-use plastics, and daily recycling pickups. pic.twitter.com/4BsxefcEvH
— dan barker (@danbarker) September 20, 2019
Here’s a photo of Lady Priscilla Norman on her electric scooter, taken in 1917!
Here is an interesting chart showing that something weird was happening in the mid 1970s:
— Kevin Kwok (@kevinakwok) November 21, 2022
The lecture provided some pessimistic views on transformative breakthroughs. But every now and then I notice the power of steady, incremental progress. For example:
40 years of improved precision engineering and execution speed https://t.co/pDLGbeeqAN
— Roberto Alonso González Lezcano (@robertoglezcano) February 2, 2020
|Learning Objectives: Understand the scholarly literature on the secular stagnation thesis|