Chapter | Handbook of Economic Growth | 2014

Technology Diffusion: Measurement, Causes and Consequences

by Diego A. Comin and Marti Mestieri


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: Measurement and Metrics; Technology Adoption;


Comin, Diego A., and Marti Mestieri. "Technology Diffusion: Measurement, Causes and Consequences." In Handbook of Economic Growth. Vol. 2, edited by Philippe Aghion and Steven Durlauf, 565–622. Elsevier, 2014.