Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102176
Authors: 
Komlos, John
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4941
Abstract: 
Schumpeter's concept of creative destruction as the engine of capitalist development is well-known. However, that the destructive part of creative destruction is a social cost and therefore biases our estimate of the impact of the innovation on NNP and on welfare is hardly acknowledged, with the exception of Witt (1996). We conjecture that recently the new technologies are often creating products which are close substitutes for the ones they replace whose value depreciates substantially in the process of destruction. Consequently, the contribution of recent innovations to NNP and to welfare is likely biased upward. This note calls for a research agenda to estimate and decompose innovations into their creative and destructive components.
Subjects: 
Schumpeter
creative destruction
innovation
technological change
JEL: 
E01
O10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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