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Was Electricity a General Purpose Technology? Evidence from Historical Patent Citations

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  • Petra Moser
  • Tom Nicholas

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  • Petra Moser & Tom Nicholas, 2004. "Was Electricity a General Purpose Technology? Evidence from Historical Patent Citations," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 94(2), pages 388-394, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:94:y:2004:i:2:p:388-394
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