Article | Journal of Technology Transfer | April 2008

A New Approach to Measuring Technology with an Application to the Shape of Diffusion Curves

by Diego Comin, Bart Hobijn and Emilie Rovito

Abstract

This paper documents the sources and measures of the cross-country historical adoption technology (CHAT) data set that covers the diffusion of about 115 technologies in over 150 countries over the last 200 years. We use this comprehensive data set to explore the shape of the diffusion curves. Our main finding is that, once the intensive margin is measured, technologies do not diffuse in a logistic way.

Keywords: Cross-Cultural and Cross-Border Issues; Measurement and Metrics; Technology Adoption; Logistics; Knowledge Dissemination;

Citation:

Comin, Diego, Bart Hobijn, and Emilie Rovito. "A New Approach to Measuring Technology with an Application to the Shape of Diffusion Curves." Journal of Technology Transfer 33, no. 2 (April 2008).