Digitally Tracking Technologies and Their Effects Across Time and Space

This research project uses information from digitized Google books and library catalogues to create new measures of technological innovation and diffusion for OECD countries from 1850 to the present.

The new series developed by this project map the waves of innovation over time and space, estimate the economic impact of the technologies, plot technological diffusion both within and across countries, and re-examine the nature and economic consequences of general purpose technologies. The results further our understanding of business cycles and the contribution of technical change to growth and to international productivity and income differentials.