Lifelong Learning New York City

Lifelong Learning at  Swarthmore: New York City

Spring 2018:

Technological Change and Society (LLS 180NY)

Meets Tuesdays, 6:45 - 9:15 p.m.
Feb. 6 – March 27, 2018
10 Hudson Yards (10th Ave. & 30th St.), 26th Floor, Intersection

Technological advances are critical to rising standards of living. But they can also be disruptive. They can destroy and create jobs, change how and where people live, and shift the distribution of incomes and wealth. In this course, we examine the economic and social impact of technological advances. We do so by looking at how these changes have affected people’s lives in the U.S. since the late 19th century and by speculating about how they might do so in the coming decades.

Major Topics:

  • How did technological advances change U.S. economic and social life since the mid-nineteenth century?
  • Will ongoing technological progress continue to raise standards of living as rapidly as it did in the past?
  • Will improvements in computer and robotic capabilities lead to mass unemployment and social disruptions?
  • Can public policy initiatives in education, intellectual property rights, funding of basic research or other areas speed the pace or breadth of technological change?

The Professor:

John Caskey, Professor of Economics. At Swarthmore he teaches Financial Economics, Urban Economics, and a first-year seminar, Technological Change and the Economy. His research has focused on financial institutions serving low-income U.S. households, regional economic development initiatives, and urban economics. In LLS he previously taught “The American City.”

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