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Diego Comin is a Professor of Economics at Dartmouth since 2014. He received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 2000. Between 2000 and 2007, Comin has been Assistant Professor of Economics at New York University. Between 2007 and 2014, Comin has been Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (HBS) where he taught both in the MBA and in executive programs. He has also designed and led immersion programs in Peru and Malaysia for which he received the Apgar Prize for Innovation in Teaching from the HBS Dean.

Comin is Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research and Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Economic Fluctuations and Growth Program. Comin is a fellow for the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET) and his work has been supported by the Gates foundation, the National Science Foundation, the C.V. Star Foundation, and the Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW). Comin has advised the Prime Minister of Malaysia on its development strategies and has consulted for the ECB, World Bank, IMF, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Citibank, Danish Science Ministry, and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) of the government of Japan.

Comin works on macroeconomics broadly understood. Part of his research consists of studying the process of technological change and technology diffusion both across countries and over time. A second avenue of Comin’s work studies the sources and propagation mechanisms of fluctuations at high and medium term frequencies. A third line of research pursued by Comin has explored the evolution of firm dynamics and their implications for the evolution of the US economy. His work has been published in academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Economic Growth.

Comin has written two books. In Malaysia Beyond 2020 he presents a new approach to development policy that aims to create a knowledge-friendly eco-system where companies can move up in the value chain. In Drivers of Competitiveness (forthcoming) he uses a set of case studies to develop a new framework to think about the factors that impact the competitiveness of companies and countries.

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Who should do R and who should do D?

Paper Conference paper | | Apr 2014

This article studies the reasons for the under-investment in research vs. development in the decentralized equilibrium and argues that this bias provides a micro-foundation for the government direct involvement in conducting applied research rather than just financing it.

From Green Users to Green Voters

Paper Grantee paper | | Jun 2013

We estimate the effect of the diffusion of photovoltaic (PV) systems on the fraction of votes obtained by the German Green Party.

Technology Diffusion: Measurement, Causes and Consequences

Paper Grantee paper | | Apr 2013

This chapter discusses different approaches pursued to explore three broad questions related to technology diffusion: what general patterns characterize the diffusion of technologies, and how have they changed over time; what are the key drivers of technology, and what are the macroeconomic consequences of technology.

If Technology Has Arrived Everywhere, Why Has Income Diverged?

Paper Grantee paper | | Mar 2013

We study the lags with which new technologies are adopted across countries, and their long-run penetration rates once they are adopted.

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Why New Technologies Do Not Make Poor Countries Rich

Video | Feb 7, 2012

Over the past two hundred years, poor countries have become faster at adopting the technologies of rich countries. So why is it, the economist asks, that poor countries have remained poor, by and large?