If Technology Has Arrived Everywhere, Why Has Income Diverged?
AbstractWe study the lags with which new technologies are adopted across countries, and their long-run penetration rates once they are adopted. Using data from the last two centuries, we document two new facts: there has been convergence in adoption lags between rich and poor countries, while there has been divergence in penetration rates. Using a model of adoption and growth, we show that these changes in the pattern of technology di ffusion account for 80% of the Great Income Divergence between rich and poor countries since 1820.
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Date of creation: 04 Apr 2013
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- Comin, Diego & Mestieri, Marti, 2013. "If Technology Has Arrived Everywhere, Why Has Income Diverged?," TSE Working Papers 13-409, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
- Diego A. Comin & Martí Mestieri Ferrer, 2013. "If Technology Has Arrived Everywhere, Why has Income Diverged?," NBER Working Papers 19010, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- Comin, Diego & Mestieri, Martí, 2013. "If Technology Has Arrived Everywhere, Why Has Income Diverged?," CEPR Discussion Papers 9466, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
- E13 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - Neoclassical
- O14 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
- O41 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
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- NEP-ALL-2013-07-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-HIS-2013-07-20 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-PBE-2013-07-20 (Public Economics)
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