Bret Swanson is president of the technology research firm Entropy Economics LLC, which advises institutional investors and technology companies. He is also a fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies information technology and its impact on the economy. He writes frequently for the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal and Forbes.
His research often counters the prevailing conventional wisdom. For example, in the early 2000s, as the economy reeled from the tech crash and a supposedly overbuilt Internet, he said digital cameras, smartphones, and online content were about to create floods of Web video. And in 2006, at the height of “peak oil” doom, he predicted America’s shale energy boom. Now, Bret Swanson believes a resurgence of tech-led productivity growth will overwhelm the widely predicted “great stagnation.”
Come and listen to Swanson share with us how new technologies can catalyze economic growth and what policy makers can do to accelerate these positive trends while making sure their benefits are realized by more people.
He believes smart public policies will hasten the diffusion of these technologies and enable innovation, entrepreneurship and growth. Policy innovations are likewise critical to maximizing the number of people able to reap the rewards of these extraordinary opportunities; and hence, translating into significantly higher economic growth rates