Old Economy

Written By
Paul Tracy
Updated August 5, 2020

What is Old Economy?

Old Economy describes an economy or even a group of industries that does not rely on technology or technological advancement.
 

How Does Old Economy Work?

For example, horse farms, bread baking, landscaping and prostitution are old economy industries. Their fundamental processes have remained essentially the same for hundreds of years. To be sure, technology has assisted in the communication and equipment development in these industries, but the primary activities involved are largely the same as they were a hundred years ago.

In financial markets, Old Economy sometimes refers to stodgy blue chip companies.

Why Does Old Economy Matter?

The New Economy is slowly replacing the Old Economy, but as our example shows, many Old Economy industries will endure and have little dependence on technology's whims. Having said that, it is often much hipper to be part of the New Economy.