FIGURE 3 Semiconductor roadmap acceleration.

Dr. Jorgenson then introduced the moderator of the day’s first panel, Steve Landefeld, the Director of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Identifying BEA as the source of information on IT trends that has been “the key” to understanding the connection between technology and the U.S. economy, Dr. Jorgenson praised the agency for its pioneering use in 1985 of a price index for computers. This index, he noted, would be discussed in detail by the panel’s first speaker, Jack Triplett of the Brookings Institution. He then turned the floor over to Dr. Landefeld.

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