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Accelerating Economic Growth

Lessons From 200,000 Years of Technological Progress and Human Development

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  • Sheds new light on the origins of human civilization and the key drivers of technological progress and economic growth
  • Identifies a broad pattern of accelerating economic growth and a sequence of technological revolutions
  • Contributes to important debates on our collective future in the digital era

Part of the book series: Frontiers in Economic History (FEH)

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What made it possible for the human species to conquer the world, build a global digital economy, and still want more? What drives technological progress and economic growth in the long run and on a global scale? And how will technological progress, economic growth, and the overall prosperity of human civilization unfold in the future? 

This book sheds new light on these big questions by incorporating findings from physics, anthropology, psychology, history, philosophy, and computer science in a brand-new theory of economic growth. Looking back across the millennia, it identifies five major technological revolutions which have transformed humankind’s capacity to process energy and information—the cognitive, agricultural, scientific, industrial, and digital revolutions—and characterizes the new avenues of economic development which they have opened while also exponentially accelerating growth.

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  1. The Drive for Development

  2. The Growth Mechanism

  3. The Great Leaps

  4. Lessons for the Digital Era

Authors and Affiliations

  • Department of Quantitative Economics, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Warsaw, Poland

    Jakub Growiec

About the author

Jakub Growiec (PhD 2007) is Full Professor and Head of Department of Quantitative Economics at SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland. His research interests include economic growth theory, production functions, and human and social capital. He has received prizes for his outstanding scientific achievements, including the National Science Centre (NCN) award by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Accelerating Economic Growth

  • Book Subtitle: Lessons From 200,000 Years of Technological Progress and Human Development

  • Authors: Jakub Growiec

  • Series Title: Frontiers in Economic History

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-07194-2Published: 08 September 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-07197-3Published: 09 September 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-07195-9Published: 07 September 2022

  • Series ISSN: 2662-9771

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-978X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 164

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Economic History, Economic Growth, Economics, general, History of Technology

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