Technoloy Changes Society

50's, 80's, to Now

Connections Across the U.S.

These inputs are used directly to produce a good or service. Technology, on the other hand, is used to put these factors of production to work. A firm doesn't purchase additional units of technology to feed into the production process in the same way that a firm might hire more labor in order to increase output. Instead, the technology available in a particular industry or economy allows firms to use labor and capital more or less efficiently. It is important to note that advances in technology are a result of innovation, innovative practices such as process changes are also worth mentioning in this context. Innovation is the driving economic force behind these leaps in efficiency.These inputs are used directly to produce a good or service. Technology, on the other hand, is used to put these factors of production to work. A firm doesn't purchase additional units of technology to feed into the production process in the same way that a firm might hire more labor in order to increase output. Instead, the technology available in a particular industry or economy allows firms to use labor and capital more or less efficiently. It is important to note that advances in technology are a result of innovation, innovative practices such as process changes are also worth mentioning in this context. Innovation is the driving economic force behind these leaps in efficiency of the United States today.

Technology Prices Change in U.S.

Technological change is a term used to describe any change in the set of feasible production possibilities. A change in technology alters the combinations of inputs or the types of inputs required in the production process. An improvement in technology usually means that fewer and/or less costly inputs are needed. If the cost of production is lower, the profits available at a given price will increase, and producers will produce more. With more produced at every price, the supply curve will shift to the right, meaning an increase in supply and a decrease in prices. For the economy as a whole, an improvement in technology shifts the production possibilities frontier outward.