Annalisa Baldissera – University of Brescia, Department of Law, via San Faustino, 41, 25122 Brescia (BS), Italy

Technological progress;
Social sustainability;
Sustainable development
Sustainable development
R&D investments


Abstract: This study aims to analyze the relationships between two vari­ables associated with the growth of modern economies: technological prog­ress and social development. The research intends to test these relations with­in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN in 2015 in order to achieve the preservation of the planet, the welfare of the popula­tion, peace and prosperity. To this end, the research analyzes the correlations, within the European Union, between technological progress and social devel­opment in the period 2015-2021, that is from the year in which the 2030 Agen­da for Sustainable Development was adopted by the United Nations Mem­ber States to today. The variables representative of technological progress are drawn from the indicators belonging to Goal 9 – Industry, Innovation and In­frastructure, while for social development the study referred to the indica­tors of Goal 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth. The results show that, al­though the two phenomena are positively correlated, not all connections are equally strong.

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Baldissera, A. (2023). The Role of Technological Progress in Social Development: Evidence from Europe in the Light of Sustainable Development Goals. In V. Bevanda (Ed.), International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2023: Vol 7. Selected Papers (pp. 105-113). Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans.


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