This axiom is more of a historical observation than a guarantee that computing will be more powerful, less expensive and so guarantee, and engineers have recently become more efficient that mobile devices like cellphones may skeptical about whether the rate of process could be main soon accomplish tasks reserved until recently for desktop computers.
The pace could puters and other equipment with larger processors after Intel's announcement.
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The potential for continued economic growth is raised by a steady stream of inventions and innovations.
Gordon Moore doesn't see an end to The National Science Foundation's research-based productivity advance.
The News suggests that he may be right.
The importance of bricks and mortar was emphasized in the old growth theory.
The new growth theory emphasizes the importance of investing in ideas.
New ideas and the spread of knowledge are the primary engines of growth according to Paul Romer.
Romer and everyone else is not sure how to best spread knowledge.
The support of research and development is a staple of the "old" growth theory.
There is a link between R&D and capital investment.
Part of each year's gross investment compensates for the depreciation of existing plant and equipment.
New machines are often not the same as the ones they replace.
Businesses upgrade machines and structures because of the same kind of motivation.
Capital investment and technology advances go hand in hand.
Growth policy makes liberal use of the tools in the supply-side toolbox.
Governments at all levels are involved in human-capital development by building, operating, and subsidizing schools.
Future productivity will be affected by the quantity and quality of continuing investments in America's schools.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled mass Canada and soon Mexico" is the inscription on the Statue of Liberty.
There is high demand for H-1B visas.
Among high-technology companies, those whose total points exceed a certain threshold.
Hundreds of foreigners with H-1B visas are also allowed to work in the United States under visa categories for individuals with extraordinary ability, registered nurses and workers in nonprofit religious organizations.
The New growing category is the Nafta TN visa, which offers an unlim York Times Company.
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The nation's stock of human capital is affected by immigrant flows.
The nation's stock of human capital is determined by immigration policy.
1 million immigrants enter the United States every year.
Highly skilled foreigners who want to work in the U.S. can apply for the H-1B program.
The United States gains valuable human capital by admitting highly skilled workers.
Only 65,000 H-1B visas are available each year.
The H-2A and H-2B visas are smaller.
To accelerate our productivity and GDP growth, observers urge us to expand these programs, particularly along the lines of Canada's explicit skill preferences.
Investment is stimulated by the tax code.
The 2002 and 2003 tax cuts were designed for this purpose.
The savings pool can be deepened by the government.
The tax code has some policy levers.
Tax preferences for Canada's Department of Individual Retirement Accounts and other pension savings may increase the marginal pro Citizenship and Immigration at pensity to save or at least divert savings flows to longer-term investments.
The level of physical capital is directly affected by the government's public works spending.
The $2 trillion invested in infrastructure is an important part of America's capital stock.
Congress passed a new Highway bill in 2004.
Investments of that sort make more resources available for production.
The federal government's budget balance is of particular interest.
Budget deficits may be useful for attaining short-run stability.
Deficits may have negative long-run effects.
Other borrowers may end up with less if Uncle Sam borrows more money.
The risk of such an outcome is recognized.
Private-sector borrowing was available to private investors and at lower interest rates after 1997.
The decreased ated growth of capital investment in 1996-2000 contributed to the accretion spending.
Government borrowing has swung since then.
Consumption and investment behavior are influenced by expectations.
People who expect to lose their job next year are not likely to buy a new car or house this year.
If interest rates go up next year, investors may be less willing to start capital projects.
A sense of political and economic stability is important to a long-run trend.
Investment plans may be altered by specific perceptions of government policy.
The Fed has a sense of monetary stability.
They might be looking for a greater commitment to long-run price stability than to short-run adjustments of aggregate demand.
The same kind of commitment to longrun fiscal discipline may be sought in the fiscal policy area.
It is possible that macro policy must be sensitive to long-run expectations.
The proposition was first encountered in Chapter 1.
The nations were ranked on the basis of an index of freedom.
Studies have shown how economic freedom leads to faster growth.
There is more opportunity to invest in less regulated economies.
From India to China, to Russia, to Latin America, nations have deregulated industries, privatized state enterprises, and promoted more open trade and investment.
We could keep the economy on a fast paced growth track if we pulled all the right policy levers.
Malthus argued that economic growth couldn't continue because food production couldn't keep up with population growth.
In 1798, the population of England was 9 million.
The production of wheat and related grains was around 50 million ounces, just enough to feed the English population, but a little had to be imported from other countries.
Malthus believed that starvation was not far off because the relationship between food and population was satisfactory in 1798.
He predicted that the English population would increase to 36 million people by 1850, 144 million by 1900, and more than 1 billion by 1975, unless some social or natural restrictions were imposed on population growth.
Malthus saw a scarcity of food.
England had a limited amount of land to cultivate and was already farming the most fertile areas.
Improvements in agricultural productivity could increase food supplies and all available land would be used before long.
The English people didn't have enough food to eat.
An tained at the brink of starvation for more than a century only by recurrent plagues, wars, or increase in quantity by the kind of "moral restraint" that's commonly associated with Victorian preachments.
Projection of the growth rates of population and food output is needed to sustain human life.
Malthus foresaw England's doom.
Malthus's logic was perfect.
As long as population increased at a geometric rate while output increased at an arithmetic rate, England's doomsday was as certain as two plus two equals four.
Malthus's error was not in his logic but in his assumptions.
He didn't know how fast output would increase, even though we know that people will be wearing electronic wings in 2203.
He had to make an educated guess.
He used his own experiences at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to come up with his estimates.
He grossly underestimated the rate at which productivity would increase because he had no knowledge of the innovations that would change the world.
The rate of output has increased at a geometric rate, not the slower rate foreseen by Malthus.
The US has grown at a long-term rate of 3 percent a year.
Living standards for a population growing by only 1 percent a year can be raised by the rate of economic growth.
Malthus's predictions may have been premature, as suggested by Paul Kennedy.
When we run out of arable land, water, oil, or other vital resources, growth may come to a screeching halt.
Arable land was the ultimate resource constraint.
The supply of whale oil, coal, oil, potatoes, and other "essential" resources have been focused on by other doomsday prophets.
The role of markets in promoting more efficient uses of scarce resources is ignored by all such predictions.
Consumers would use oil more efficiently and producers would be forced to develop alternative fuel sources.
The price of "scarce" resources might fall if productivity and availability increase quickly.
There was a famous "Doomsday bet" between University of Maryland business professor Julian Simon and Paul Ehrlich.
Ehrlich predicted in 1980 that five metals would become so scarce that economic growth would be slowed.
Ehrlich paid Simon for the bet that their prices would fall.
The market's ability to circumvent constraints would bode well for our future.
There will be other limits to growth even in a world of unlimited resources.
Pollution is the villain this time.
It is not clear if environmental decay has gone so far as to be irreversible, and it is possible that the capacity of the planet to support human life has been permanently impaired.
Major contributors to environmental degradation are technological "successes" such as automobiles, pesticides, and nitrogen fertilizers.
Anyone with the basic five senses can comprehend the pollution problem.
The air we breathe is not as polluted as pollution is.
There is a tendency for pollution levels to rise along with GDP and population expansion.
Things are bound to look pretty ugly if one projects pollution trends into the future.
The EPA is working for cleaner air and water.
There are active policies to curb pollution like auto-exhaust controls, DDT bans, and CO2 and SO2 permits.
A computer programmed 10 or 20 years ago to project present pollution levels wouldn't have foreseen these abatement efforts and would have overestimated current pollution levels.
This doesn't mean that we have solved the pollution problem or that we're doing the best job we can.
Geometric increases in pollution aren't inevitable.
There isn't a reason why we have to continue pollution; if we stop, another disaster can be avoided.
There is an opportunity cost to the focus on doomsday scenarios.
The problem with the school is that it diverts attention from the really important things that can be done step by step to make things better.
The same thoughts were expressed by Karl Marx a century ago.
Marx chastised Malthus for turning the attention of the working class away from what he regarded as the immediate problem of capitalist exploitation to some distant and ill-founded anxiety about "natural" disaster.
Those of us who commute on congested highways, worry about global warming, and can't find a secluded camping site may raise a loud chorus of nos.
Let's find out what people don't like about the prospect of continued growth.
There are possibilities for behavioral change and the role of market incentives in encouraging it.
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First of all, let's distinguish between economic growth and population growth.
Congested neighborhoods, dining halls, and highways are the result of too many people.
At least one thing is certain, with fewer goods and services, more people will have to share their output.
GDP per capita is the most important measure of growth.
Don't say yes just because you think we have too many cars on the road or calories in our bellies.
Increasing GDP per capita can take many forms, including educational services.
Economic growth is not desirable in the economy tomorrow.
Increased capacity utilization investment growth, especially in information technology, may have contributed to the accelerated productivity growth in 1995-2000.
Capacity needs to be increased rightward for long-run GDP growth in order to sustain rapid productivity gains.
A basic measure of living standards is GDP per capita.
A basic measure of productivity is the US households per worker.
One of the main causes of rising living standards is the depletion of the primary cause of rising productivity.
Better labor quality, increased capital investment, research ing patterns of resource use or pollution are unalterable, which is the flaw in doomsday arguments.
They underestimate the possibilities of tech government policies.
As long as it is possible to produce, continued economic growth is desirable.
Monetary and fiscal policies may bring a higher standard of living for people and also affect capital investment and thus the rate of eco increased ability to produce and consume.
Why don't we sacrifice some of our present consumption for the sake of the future?
Immigration rights should be based on potential 8.
France has maintained LO2 for decades.
Stanley Jevons predicted economic growth in the 19th century.
There are numerical and graphing problems in the Student Problem Set at the back of the book.
There are conflicting advice about whether or not the government should intervene.
The information needed to make a decision is incomplete.
Politics makes the waters muddy by changing priorities and limiting the use of policy tools.