The Rise And Fall Of American Growth

The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War

Robert J. Gordon

Book Synopsis

"The Rise and Fall of American Growth" by Robert J. Gordon offers a comprehensive analysis of the history, drivers, and consequences of economic growth in the United States. Spanning over a century, Gordon examines the factors behind the remarkable growth experienced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, followed by a stark decline in recent decades.

Through meticulous research and data-driven insights, Gordon traces the key drivers of American growth, such as the Industrial Revolution, mass production, technological advancements, and widespread innovation. He delves into the profound impact of these developments on various aspects of society, including living standards, productivity, and overall well-being.

Challenging the notion of perpetual progress, Gordon provides a compelling argument for why the United States may have witnessed a slowdown in economic growth since the mid-20th century. He highlights factors such as diminishing returns from technological progress, rising inequality, demographic shifts, and mounting environmental challenges as significant obstacles to sustained growth.

In addition to analyzing the causes of this decline, Gordon also explores its implications for future generations. He discusses the potential consequences of slower growth on income inequality, social mobility, and the overall socio-economic landscape, urging policymakers to consider these challenges when formulating long-term strategies.

"The Rise and Fall of American Growth" is an engrossing and thought-provoking examination of the trajectory of economic growth in the United States. Bringing together historical analysis, economic theory, and social commentary, this book offers a nuanced perspective on the complex forces shaping America's economic future. It serves as a vital resource for academics, economists, policymakers, and anyone interested in understanding the past, present, and potential future of American prosperity.

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