Evidence that discoveries are getting smaller on average
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Are Ideas Getting Harder to Find Because of the Burden of Knowledge?Listen now (18 min) | Innovation appears to be getting harder. At least, that’s the conclusion of Bloom, Jones, Van Reenen, and Webb (2020). Across a…
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Conservatism in scienceListen now (23 min) | Some of the forces blocking really new ideas in science
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Innovation gets (mostly) harderListen now (21 min) | Micro and macro evidence on the productivity of R&D over time
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The Case of American Agriculture
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Do the same mechanisms that create complex life also create complex technology?
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Combinatorial innovation and technological progress in the very long runListen now (30 min) | Taking a stab at some psychohistory
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What are the returns to R&D? Listen now (25 min) | A Thought Experiment by Jones and Summers
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Relatively common for ideas we know will be big, but not so much for the rest
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An example of successful innovation by distributed teams: academiaListen now (25 min) | Why remote collaboration is becoming so common in academia, and what we can learn from it
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An example of high returns to publicly funded R&DListen now (21 min) | Quasi-experimental evidence from R&D grants to small businesses
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One Study, Many ResultsListen now (17 min) | Replication is hard, even without publication bias
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