Has Creative Destruction Become More Destructive?
22 Pages Posted: 17 Sep 2014
Date Written: August 21, 2014
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.
Keywords: Schumpeter, creative destruction, innovation, technological change
JEL Classification: E01, O10
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