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The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War

The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living Since the Civil War

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How America's high standard of living came to be and why future growth is under threat

In the century after the Civil War, an economic revolution improved the American standard of living in ways previously unimaginable. Electric lighting, indoor plumbing, motor vehicles, air travel, and television transformed households and workplaces. But has that era of unprecedented growth come to an end? Weaving together a vivid narrative, historical anecdotes, and economic analysis, The Rise and Fall of American Growth challenges the view that economic growth will continue unabated, and demonstrates that the life-altering scale of innovations between 1870 and 1970 cannot be repeated. Gordon contends that the nation's productivity growth will be further held back by the headwinds of rising inequality, stagnating education, an aging population, and the rising debt of college students and the federal government, and that we must find new solutions. A critical voice in the most pressing debates of our time, The Rise and Fall of American Growth is at once a tribute to a century of radical change and a harbinger of tougher times to come.

Author: Robert J. Gordon
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Published: 01/12/2016
Pages: 784
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 3.15lbs
Size: 9.40h x 6.30w x 2.20d
ISBN: 9780691147727

Review Citation(s):
New York Times Book Review 01/31/2016 pg. 1
Kirkus Reviews 11/15/2015
Library Journal 12/01/2015 pg. 111
New York Times Book Review 02/07/2016 pg. 26
Choice 06/01/2016

About the Author
Robert J. Gordon is professor in social sciences at Northwestern University. His books include Productivity Growth, Inflation, and Unemployment and Macroeconomics. Gordon was included in the 2016 Bloomberg list of the nation's most influential thinkers.

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