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Handbook of Economic Growth by Steven Durlauf, Philippe Aghion

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Chapter 2

Technology Diffusion: Measurement, Causes, and Consequences

Diego Comin* and Martí Mestieri,    *Harvard University, NBER and CEPR, USA,    Toulouse School of Economics, France

Abstract

This chapter discusses different approaches pursued to explore three broad questions related to technology diffusion: what general patterns characterize the diffusion of technologies, and how have they changed over time?; what are the key drivers of technology?; and what are the macroeconomic consequences of technology? We prioritize in our discussion unified approaches to these three questions that are based on direct measures of technology.

Keywords

Technology Measurement; Technology Diffusion; Innovation; Medium Term Business Cycles; Innovation ...

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