Technology Diffusion: Measurement, Causes, and Consequences

Diego Comin*, Martí Mestieri

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-622
Number of pages58
JournalHandbook of Economic Growth
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Innovation
  • Medium Term Business Cycles
  • Technology Diffusion
  • Technology Measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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