Inside the Black Box
Technology and Economics
By (author) Nathan Rosenberg
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Inside the Black Box by Nathan Rosenberg
Book DescriptionEconomists have long treated technological phenomena as events transpiring inside a black box and, on the whole, have adhered rather strictly to a self-imposed ordinance not to inquire too seriously into what transpires inside that box. The purpose of Professor Rosenberg's work is to break open and examine the contents of the black box. In so doing, a number of important economic problems be powerfully illuminated. The author clearly shows how specific features of individual technologies have shaped a number of variables of great concern to economists: the rate of productivity improvement, the nature of learning processes underlying technological change itself, the speed of technology transfer, and the effectiveness of government policies that are intended to influence technologies in particular ways. The separate chapters of this book reflect a primary concern with some of the distinctive aspects of industrial technologies in the twentieth century, such as the increasing reliance upon science, but also the considerable subtlety and complexity of the dialectic between science and technology. Other concerns include the rapid growth in the development of costs associated with new technologies as well as the difficulty of predicting the eventual performance characteristics of newly emerging technologies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521273671
(228mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 28-Jan-1983
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Nathan Rosenberg
Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, Hardback (May 2010)
Economists examine the genesis of technological change and the ways we commercialize and diffuse it. This title includes articles that consider the best ways to establish optimal incentives in technological progress. It examines science and innovation at the intersections of the marketplace, policy, and social welfare.
Schumpeter and the Endogeneity of Technology, Paperback (April 2006)
Schumpeter's work developed the notion of the endogeneity of technology, and offered illuminating historical analyses of how and why some social systems have managed to generate innovation. This work explores Schumpeter's central ideas, and examines the ways in which the concept of endogeneity can illuminate American economic history.
Chemicals and Long-term Economic Growth, Paperback (September 2000)
The chemical processing industry is the largest manufacturing industry in the United States and Europe. This book focuses on lessons learned from the development of this industry and how to apply them to promote long-term economic growth.
Paths of Innovation, Paperback (October 1999)» View all books by Nathan Rosenberg
This highly accessible treatment examines the sources, structure, and economic effects of technological innovation in the twentieth-century US economy.
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