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#110: Is Productivity Slowing Down?

With technology and this information age, we always hear “the world is changing faster than ever”. But is it? Today’s guest makes the case this is not true.  He says economic growth is slowing down in America, and this has huge implications for your future. Todd and Evan interview Professor Robert Gordon, an influential economist who makes the case for how productivity may be slowing.

Robert Gordon is an economics and social science professor at Northwestern University and author of “The Rise and Fall of American Growth”. To hear more from Robert see his TED Talk and interview on NPR’s Planet Money.

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Todd Yuzuriha and Evan Wilson

Evan is a senior research analyst and principal at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank. He leads the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games. He was recognized in Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team in the leisure (2005, 2007-2010), software (2005, 2007-2011) and Internet (2011) categories. He frequently appears on CNBC and at industry conferences, and is often quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engi-neering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.