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Historical Perspective of the Role of Technology in Economic Development

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  • Jurica ┼áimurina

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    (Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb)

  • Josip Tica

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    (Faculty of Economics and Business, Unviersity of Zagreb)

Abstract

The focus of this paper is to investigate technology changes and influence on economies since the First Industrial Revolution. The First Industrial Revolution was the first point in time when both increase of GDP per capita and population occurred at the same time (avoiding the Malthusian trap). Thus the selected point in time. Furthermore, developments of the late 18th and 19th centuries have some common properties with development of new technologies today. Even though the process of technological change changed during this time, there are still some lessons to be learned from distant and near history on how to gauge policies for fostering successful technological advances. Changes that occurred are relevant for respective economies, industries, companies and individuals. On all these levels changes occurred that were unprecedented in history before the First Industrial Revolution. It is not suggested that technological progress of centuries before the First Industrial Revolution was insignificant, but it certainly did not have such a profound impact in all areas of human life and existence.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb in its series EFZG Working Papers Series with number 0610.

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Date of creation: 29 Nov 2006
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