Thanks for your insight.
They are discussed, just not so much within history, unfortunately. The things you mentioned about economy is discussed a lot in anthropology. David Graeber, for example, laments about how our economic structure has stagnant progress: we’re promised flying cars, but all we have now — like you’ve said — are global problems that shouldn’t exist with technological advancement.
I don’t discuss economic history because I’m not remotely knowledgeable to write on that. But you’re certainly right, economics has a great impact on our understanding of progress. My intentions here are simply to highlight the change in how intellectuals think of progress.