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Mordecai Kurz develops a comprehensive integrated theory of the dynamics of market power and income inequality. He shows that technological innovations are not simply sources of growth and progress: they sow the seeds of market power. Technological market power tends to rise, increasing inequality of income and wealth.
Mordecai Kurz is Joan Kenney Professor of Economics Emeritus at Stanford University. His books include Public Investment, the Rate of Return, and Optimal Fiscal Policy (with Kenneth J. Arrow, 1970) and Endogenous Economic Fluctuations: Studies in the Theory of Rational Beliefs (1997), and he has published widely across many fields of economic theory.
Nicholas S. Vonortas, editor of Science and Public Policy:In an era of dominance of IT firms, a sector which has been long known for its strong tendency for monopolization, The Market Power of Technology provides important reasoning and substantiation of how this increasing industrial concentration goes hand in hand with the income inequalities of our time.
Dani Rodrik, Harvard University:Economists tend to believe the market power enjoyed by innovators is a necessary evil. Mordecai Kurz shows that the resulting monopolies are neither temporary nor a minor hindrance. Kurz has written a book that is rigorous in its theoretical and empirical underpinnings, yet radical in its policy implications. This is a hugely important book that goes right to the core of the central contradictions of our current economic system.
Sir Angus Deaton, Princeton University:We live in a time of unparalleled technical innovation that ought to be bringing unparalleled and widespread prosperity. Mordecai Kurz gives us a clear, eloquent, and impassioned account of what has gone wrong and how we can fix it. This book is a key contribution to one of today’s most important intellectual and policy debates.
Sir Partha Dasgupta, University of Cambridge:Starting with the simple idea that established firms can use their technological innovations to deter entry, Kurz constructs an account of the rise in wealth inequality in modern societies. Beautifully blending analytical reasoning with empirical evidence, the book offers a picture of contemporary macroeconomic growth and development that is at once novel and convincing. This is economics at its best.
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