Economic preconditions that made possible application of commercial computing in the United States

James W. Cortada

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Abstract

This article argues that it would have become very difficult for computers to have come into being, and subsequently be adopted by businesses, if the U.S. economy were not large and healthy. The author demonstrates that there were characteristics of the economy that facilitated the development and use of computers in the United States, beginning in the 1950s and continuing down to the present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-39
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1997

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