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Directed technological change and productivity growth: the Italian evidence 1861-2010


  • Cristiano Antonelli
  • Federico Barbiellini Amidei
  • Christophe Feder


The paper presents a new methodology to identify the effects of the introduction of directed technological change on the measure of total factor productivity growth. Its application to the evidence of Italian economic growth in the years 1861-2010 confirms that technological change has been strongly directed with relevant effects on the actual levels of total factor productivity growth measured by a procedure able to account for the changes in the output elasticity of inputs and identify shift and bias effects.

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  • Cristiano Antonelli & Federico Barbiellini Amidei & Christophe Feder, 2017. "Directed technological change and productivity growth: the Italian evidence 1861-2010," International Journal of Computational Economics and Econometrics, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 7(3), pages 238-255.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijcome:v:7:y:2017:i:3:p:238-255

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    1. Cristiano Antonelli & Christophe Feder, 2020. "Total factor productivity, catch-up and technological congruence in Italy, 1861–2010," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 30(4), pages 1171-1194, September.
    2. Feder, Christophe & Kataishi, Rodrigo Ezequiel, 2017. "Decentralization in Heterogeneous Regions: A Biased Technological Change Approach," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201703, University of Turin.
    3. Antonelli, Cristiano & Feder, Christophe & Quatraro, Francesco, 2018. "Directed Technological Change and Technological Congruence: A New Framework for the Smart Specialization Strategy," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201805, University of Turin.


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