Innovation

Innovation is a source of economic growth. Including the impact of new technology and the incentives that stimulate creativity, innovation is important for a market system. Depending on current events, econlife considers the impact and source of past and present innovation that includes the industrial revolution, the transportation revolution, the information revolution and people like Steve Jobs and Andrew Carnegie who made it possible.

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    The Crawler

    Jun 1, 11 • 304 Views • No Comments

    The fuel economy window sticker for this vehicle would say 1 gallon per 32 feet. Called the crawler, it travels on a roadway 3.5 miles long, could carry 18 million pounds, and moves no faster than 2 mph. The crawler takes the space shuttle to its launchpad....  [read more]

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    Old and Young States

    May 31, 11 • 317 Views • No Comments

    Maine is an old state. At 42.7, the median age of Maine’s population is the highest in the U.S. The youngest state is Utah (large families and many children), with a median age of 29.2. Other “young states” include Texas and Alaska. And,...  [read more]

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    Apple vs. Amazon in the Fight Over Gaga

    May 27, 11 • 304 Views • No Comments

    From a guest blogger, Frances Bird, AP econ student: Lady Gaga, America’s current pop queen sensation, is being used to boost Amazon sales, if not permanently, then temporarily. Amazon is using Lady Gaga’s recent album, Born This Way, to compete...  [read more]

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    An Optional Income Tax

    May 18, 11 • 371 Views • No Comments

    What if you could decide whether to pay an income tax? Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff has a plan that gives us a choice. His basic message, though, is that Congress had better start to think creatively because our current system is...  [read more]

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    Creative Incentives

    May 15, 11 • 345 Views • No Comments

    In his New Yorker Magazine article on creativity, Malcolm Gladwell describes Mick Jagger, the musician, and Gary Starkweather, an optical engineer, as gentlemen who pour out countless ideas and develop an endless stream of products. For Jagger, the product is...  [read more]