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Is the Economic Past Prologue: Will the Industrial Revolution’s Economic Growth Continue?
November 17, 2017
Dudley H. Davis Center
For 97% of recorded history, the world economy remained in a largely stationary state—until the Industrial Revolution, which brought significant economic growth. Is that growth sustainable? Professor Mokyr will answer that question by analyzing the brakes on economic growth before the Industrial Revolution and the ways they were released. That historical understanding can then inform how we look at the current era and the prospects for continued growth.
Led by: Joel Mokyr, Robert H. Strotz Professor of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics and History, Northwestern University.