The Independent Review’s Winter 2016 symposium—the basis for the forthcoming Independent Institute book Future: Economic Peril or Prosperity?—ponders the state of the economy fifty years from now. While our authors are largely optimistic, pointing to vast potential economic gains from new technologies and innovations, they also warn that government debt, regulation, and social problems could obstruct the arrival of a prosperous future.

Robert M. Whaples is a Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute and Co-Editor of The Independent Review.
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