Innovation, Growth, and Inequality: Plausible Scenarios of Wage Disparities in a World with Nanotechnologies

  • Walter D. Valdivia
Part of the Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society book series (YNTS, volume 2)


Walter Valdivia provides another economic analysis of the patterns nanotechnology is weaving. Although much growth theory neglects distributional issues, one version considers the income dynamics connected to the diffusion of a new general purpose technology (GPT). A GPT is a technology that causes widespread change because it radically affects the productivity of many other technologies. Because nanotechnology research is so pervasive in the sciences and engineering, many observers are working with the assumption that it will be as important a GPT as computing technology. Using a model proposed by Philippe Aghion to explain the relationship between skill and the diffusion of a GPT, Valdivia analyzes ways wage inequality might appear in several possible paths for the development of nanotechnologies.


Skilled Labor Wage Inequality Unskilled Labor Contingency Planning Endogenous Growth Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA

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