Bernanke Says Pessimists Wrong as Innovation Spurs Growth

May 18 (Bloomberg) -- “Pessimists may be paying too little attention to the strength of the underlying economic and social forces that generate innovation in the modern world,” said Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in a speech.

* Fed chairman, who didn’t comment on policy or U.S. economic

outlook, gave commencement address at Bard College in Great

Barrington, MA * Bernanke rebutted view of academics such as Northwestern

Univ. professor Robert Gordon, who predicted U.S. growth may

stall during the next century

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