Technological Change and Economic Growth

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Technological Change and Economic Growth

Without economic growth a country cannot grow itself as a whole. To understand the role of technological change in economic growth, we must first explore economic growth. Economic growth is the increase in a nation’s real gross domestic product per person over time. There are two types of growth, the positive and the negative. Some of the positive effects are better living standards, better health care, and material abundance. It also has negative effects such as environmental destruction, and increased income inequality. With each invention over the past 150 years or so, it has made economic growth easier. Even little things can make a big difference in production which can lead to greater production and more profit which in turn helps the GDP grow as well as the economy.
There are tradeoffs with the technology growth, for example the invention of the cell phone. It makes everything so much easier and more convenient, but because of that people are getting rid of their household lines, thus causing phone companies to lose money, with less profit coming in they are forced to lay off people. Another way to look at it is, that those cell phones now create new jobs for people because they need to be manufactured and produced. This provides jobs and the company profits helping the economy grow. With how fast technology is expanding and making its way into the work force and making everyday lives easier it is also costing us as well. People are inventing things that only take one to do the job of twenty men. This makes items cheaper, but at what cost? The cost of jobs? Maybe, but it also can help as well by encouraging people to learn new things to expand their knowledge so they can find new jobs, skills sets, and opportunities they might not have had if they stayed in the same job for their entire lifetime. It also encourages…...

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