This years hot economics book the rise and fall of american growth by one of americas most distinguished macroeconomists robert gordon casts a pall on whether this is possible arguing that the us had a golden century of increasing innovation from roughly 1870 to 1970 but this was unique. In the rise and fall of american growth robert j gordon declares that the kind of rapid economic growth we still consider our due was in fact a one time only event. Robert gordons the rise and fall of american growth set out a thesis of technological diminishing returns that does much to explain an age of economic pessimism lorien kite financial times buchruckseite. Northwestern economics professor robert gordon has a written a mostly very good and a very long book 762 pages in the print edition on the history of economic growth in the united states from 1870 to the present. Perspectives on the rise and fall of american growth by robert j gordon published in volume 106 issue 5 pages 72 76 of american economic review may 2016 abstract this paper summarizes the book and assesses the reviews contained in the four contributed papers gregory clark provides convincing
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