Two Centuries of Productivity Growth in Computing

@article{Nordhaus2007TwoCO,
  title={Two Centuries of Productivity Growth in Computing},
  author={William Nordhaus},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  year={2007},
  volume={67},
  pages={128 - 159}
}
  • W. Nordhaus
  • Published 1 March 2007
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Economic History
The present study analyzes computer performance over the last century and a half. Three results stand out. First, there has been a phenomenal increase in computer power over the twentieth century. Depending upon the standard used, computer performance has improved since manual computing by a factor between 1.7 trillion and 76 trillion. Second, there was a major break in the trend around World War II. Third, this study develops estimates of the growth in computer power relying on performance… 

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