Digital technologies have been notably present in many workplaces since the first commercial computers in the 1970s. However, the rise of more sophisticated software (and algorithms) and the speed of processing chips has recently led to an explosion of digital uses and functions.
In this talk, Professor Webster looks at how economic theory treats digital technologies and how it is the same and different from previous general-purpose technologies.
About the presenter
Professor Beth Webster is the Director of the Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology and Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Translation). Her research interests cover several areas of applied economics including innovation; intangible capital; intellectual property; firm performance and public policy for the translation of science. Under the name Elizabeth Webster she has authored over 100 articles on the economics of innovation and firm performance.
A transcript and captions for this video will be available in due course.
Productivity in a Changing World seminar series
At Te Tai Ōhanga – The Treasury, we want to facilitate learning and debate on the important issues facing New Zealand. In 2023 and early 2024 the Treasury Guest Lectures are being organised under the theme: Productivity in a changing world.
This theme recognises that lifting our productivity performance continues to be central to improving New Zealanders’ wellbeing and that we are facing this challenge in the context of significant economic, social and environmental shifts. These shifts will require considerable changes in our economy if we are to sustain and improve our economic and productivity performance.