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If Technology Has Arrived Everywhere, Why Has Income Diverged?

Diego Comin () and Martí Mestieri

No 13-409, TSE Working Papers from Toulouse School of Economics (TSE)

Abstract: If Technology Has Arrived Everywhere, Why Has Income Diverged? We 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 diffusion account for 80% of the Great Income Divergence between rich and poor countries since 1820.

JEL-codes: E13 O14 O33 O41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2013-05
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