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Are Technological Innovations Contagious? Evidence From Sport Records

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In this paper we use world cycling records to study the pattern of technological development of the track bicycle. We find that there is a strong evidence of 'contagious' effects among cycling records which in turn provides indirect evidence of 'contagious' effects among technological innovations. Interestingly, the 'contagiousness' of records is not a salient characteristic of track and field competitions where, arguably, technology plays a smaller role.

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  • Alejandro Gaviria, 2000. "Are Technological Innovations Contagious? Evidence From Sport Records," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(1), pages 53-70.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:9:y:2000:i:1:p:53-70 DOI: 10.1080/10438590000000003
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    Technological change; cycling records; dynamics of innovation; JEL Codes: L83; 031 and 033;

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    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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