Max M Rasmussen pointed us to:
>Article in NY Times
... Yet today, even renowned skeptics on the subject of technology's contribution to the economy, like Solow, are having second thoughts. Productivity growth has picked up, starting in 1996, capped by a surge in the second half of last year, after eight years of economic expansion. That has drawn attention because past upward swings in productivity typically occurred early in a recovery as economic activity rebounded. Once companies increased hiring, it slowed again. ... The question, posed by economists, is whether the higher productivity growth, averaging about 2 percent in the last three years, roughly double the pace from 1973 to 1995, is the long-awaited confirmation that the nation's steadily rising investment in computers and communications is finally paying off. The evidence is starting to point in that direction.
This is the time to make your predictions, if you want to say "I told you so" later. Is this a blip or the start of a trend? What will be the average measured productivity growth in 2000 to 2005? In 2005 to 2010? 1%? 2%? 3%? 5% 10? I've said what I can say at http://hanson.berkeley.edu/longgrow.html .
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