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The Diffusion of New Technology

In: Handbook of the Economics of Innovation

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  • Stoneman, Paul
  • Battisti, Giuliana

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Technological diffusion is defined widely as the process by which the market for a new technology changes over time and from which production and usage patterns of new products and production processes result. This chapter looks at both the demand and supply sides of this process at differing levels of aggregation, from the worldwide to the interfirm or household level, via consideration of intensive and extensive margins. Realized diffusion patterns are discussed and theoretical underpinnings of the diffusion process explored. Econometric models, data availability, and estimation are also considered although there is little attempt to be comprehensive re the latter given existing surveys. Diffusion policy is also addressed and some comments on future research directions offered.

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  • Stoneman, Paul & Battisti, Giuliana, 2010. "The Diffusion of New Technology," Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, in: Bronwyn H. Hall & Nathan Rosenberg (ed.), Handbook of the Economics of Innovation, edition 1, volume 2, chapter 0, pages 733-760, Elsevier.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:haechp:v2_733
    DOI: 10.1016/S0169-7218(10)02001-0
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    diffusion policy; extensive margin; innovation; intensive margin; new processes; new products; technological diffusion;
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    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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