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Robert Gordon is the Stanley G Harris Professor of Economics at Northwestern University. His 2012 paper “Is US economic growth over? Faltering Innovation Confronts the Six Headwinds,” sparked intense debate over the trajectory of growth in both the US and across western developed economies. In February, Gordon published a paper updating his views.

Jay Elwes: When did you first become concerned about future U.S. economic growth?

Robert Gordon: For 15 years I have been talking about how the recent inventions don’t measure up to the great old inventions of the late 19C.

JE: Why don’t they measure up?

RG: Life…

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