Progress studies is the study of the economic, technological, scientific, cultural, and organizational changes that have improved standards of living over human history. The field seeks to identify the individuals, cultures, and institutions responsible for this progress, and apply this knowledge to the design of interventions aimed at further improving the human condition.
Collison, Patrick & Tyler Cowen (2019) We need a new science of progress, The Atlantic, July 30.
Crawford, Jason (2019) Progress studies as a moral imperative, The Roots of Progress, September 7.
May, Daniel (2019) Progress studies reading list, Daniel May’s Blog, August.
The Roots of Progress. Jason Crawford’s website about progress studies. Includes blog posts, interviews, and a bibliography.