What caused the rapid rise of ‘innovationism’?
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What caused the rapid rise of ‘innovationism’?

Note: This is post #75 in a weekly video series on basic economics.

While there have always been inventors and innovators, that number exploded after the eighteenth century. Why has innovation grown so rapidly? Some claim it’s because of institutions such as property rights and rule of law, while others say it was because of a a change in attitude—ordinary people who once celebrated conquerors and kings began to celebrate merchants and inventors.

In this video by Marginal Revolution University, Don Boudreaux considers the possibilities.

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Joe Carter

Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).