Mokyr 7

what makes some societies more encouraging of technological change than others?--not just economic factors

Note that Mokyr does not see invention as always starting from a need
or at least the need is always there, it is invention that varies between societies

separate demand and rewards

separate demand and income

what are the social factors?

Factors that encourage technological progress:

Path dependency or technological momentum

labor costs

What about science?



Institutions and property rights

Resistance to innovation:

Politics and the state


Openness to new information