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Abramovitz (Moses) and Paul A. David papers
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This collection consists of papers on economic growth impact and theory. Specific materials include research data, professional correspondence, notes, manuscripts, and publications created by Moses Abramovitz and Paul A. David.
Moses Abramovitz and Paul A. David were prominent economists who made significant contributions to the study of economic growth and its impact on economies. Moses Abramovitz was born on January 1, 1912, and was raised in Brooklyn, New York. Due to an infection, Abramovitz passed away on December 1, 2000 at age 88. He completed his bachelor's degree in economics summa cum laude at Harvard University. Abramovitz focused on the concept of economic catch-up and the factors driving faster growth in less developed countries. He emphasized the role of technological progress and innovation in narrowing the income gap between nations. Paul A. David was born on May 24, 1935, and was also raised in New York. Due to complications of Alzheimer's disease, he passed away on January 23, 2023 at age 87. David also completed his degree on economics at Harvard University. Paul A. David's work revolved around the economics of innovation and technological change. His influential paper on the QWERTY keyboard layout challenged the prevailing belief that technological standards are always determined by efficiency. David argued that path-dependence and network effects played a crucial role in shaping the adoption of certain technologies. This perspective broadened the understanding of innovation dynamics. Paul A. David also helped Stanford become a renowned center for economic history by bringing in esteemed figures to the Department of Economics faculty. Moses Abramovitz provided the foundation for the university's reputation in the area, but Paul A. David's team of academics solidified it. Their contributions to the area of new economic history, or cliometrics were among their most remarkable accomplishments. Both Abramovitz and David's research has had a significant impact on the field of growth theory. Their contributions have deepened the understanding of economic growth processes, the role of technological advancements, and the influence of historical and institutional factors on economic development. Their papers continue to be highly regarded and influential in the field of economics.
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