What Do We Really Know About Economic Growth?

Tyler Cowen

Professor of Economics, George Mason University

Videography by Nerine & Robert Clemenzi, Edited by Nerine Clemenzi
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This talk will cover the long-run history of economic growth - an all-important topic for human welfare - and consider whether regular, steady growth can be expected for humanity looking forward. Is growth really so smooth? How much can we extrapolate from the experience of the last century or so? What should we think of the economist's view that 2.2% is a steady norm for the American economy? How much can poorer economies expect to succeed at the "catch up" game? For all of its significance, it is surprising how little economists know about what causes growth; this talk will take a look at what we do indeed know.

About the Author:

Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University. He earned a Ph.D in Economics from Harvard University. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including "Public Goods and Market Failures", "Explorations in the New Monetary Economics" (with Randall Kroszner), "Markets and Cultural Voices", "In Praise of Commercial Culture", "What Price Fame?", and "Creative Destruction". His writings appear regularly in the media and he publishes two daily blogs: "The Marginal Revolution" and the Washington, DC Ethnic Dining Guide.

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