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  • 1. Technology and the rise and fall of Nations Y376 International Political Economy April 4, 2012 Michael Lee
  • 2. Summary Why do economies grow (or fail to grow)? Historical patterns Why do some countries innovate while others do not? Why did America lead the Fordist revolution Why did America lead the ICT revolution? What is the next big thing?
  • 3. Discuss “Computer chips, potato chips. What does it matter? They’re all chips!” Does it matter which industries the US is successful in?
  • 4. Types of economic growth Smithian  Division of labor Solovian  Diminishing returns to capital  convergence Schumpeterian  Endogenous growth theory  Process vs. product  Geopolitical implications
  • 5. Discussion Why did Britain decline in the 20th century? Why did the Soviet Union fail to catch the US? Japan? Do the same forces threaten American leadership?
  • 6. Soviet and US GDP per capita, 1946- 2006
  • 7. Relative production of high-tech goods, 1830-2007
  • 8. Relative ownership of global foreign investment assets, 1829-2007
  • 9. Sussex school AAyUN7wj9I Irruption  frenzy  crisis  feature=related  (21:00) Crisis  Synergy  maturity  
  • 10. Past technological revolutionsTechnology Period Leading country CrisisTextiles, pig iron 1771 Britain Canal maniaSteam and 1829 Britain  USA Railway maniaRailroadsSteel, electricity 1875 Britain  Baring crisis ofand heavy USA/Germany 1890engineeringOil and mass 1908 USA Great DepressionproductionInformation and 1971 USA Dot com bust andtelecommunicati crisis of 2008ons
  • 11. What kinds of things facilitate high tech growth? Property rights Access to capital Education (elite vs. median) Tax/subsidy policy Leading cities Catch-up vs. leadership Political cohesion
  • 12. Some plausible drivers of growth don’t hold up (researchers/1000 people, OECD countries)
  • 13. Competitiveness in Important industries historically Synthetic dye  Aniline red  Copyright rules Automobiles  Mass production  Engineering vs. pure research ICT  Venture capitalism  Hardware vs. software
  • 14. Global synthetic dye population, 1857-1914
  • 15. Motor vehicle production, 1930-1990
  • 16. ICT value-added, 1985-2007
  • 17. Question What is the next “big thing”? Who will get there first?