Research on Population and Productivity Growth

  • Julian L. Simon
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Contemporary Economics book series (CONTEMPORARY, volume 8)


A recent though already influential article by Richard R. Nelson (1981) suggested that economics has little to say about the growth of productivity, and the differences in productivity levels and growth among nations. I believe that the reason Nelson reached that conclusion is that he focused upon productivity change in the short run rather than in the long run. And I believe that if one focuses instead upon the long run, economic theory and empirical research can be very fruitful in increasing our understanding of this fundamental phenomenon in the growth of civilation.


Labor Force Productivity Growth Productivity Change Total Demand Growth Theory 
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  • Julian L. Simon
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  1. 1.University of MarylandUSA

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