Martin Brookes

Martin Brookes is a researcher in economics at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International. He was formerly an economist in the economics department of Goldman Sachs International, London, where he specialised most recently in the impact of technology on economies.

Papers Published in World Economics:

Is the Internet Better than Electricity?

This article looks at the economic impact of electrification in the United States to gain insights about the possible consequences of today’s information technologies. A close study reveals that electrification significantly raised productivity growth by spurring a redesign of the optimal factory but, strikingly, neither the firms producing the new technology, nor those using it, were able to increase their share of profits in GDP. The authors conclude that even in the unlikely event that the internet and IT matches electricity in economic terms, the only unambiguous beneficiaries would probably be consumers who are able to enjoy lower prices of goods and services and newer products.

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