Technology and Epidemics

Author/Editor:

Alberto Chong ; Luisa Zanforlin

Publication Date:

September 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Evidence from historical and epidemiological literatures show that epidemics tend to spread in the population according to a logistic pattern. We conjecture that the impact of new technologies on output follows a pattern of spread not unlike that of typical epidemics. After reaching a critical mass, rates of growth will accelerate until the marginal benefits of technology are fully utilized. We estimate spline functions using a GMM dynamic panel methodology for 79 countries. We use imports of machinery and equipment as a fraction of gross domestic product as a proxy for the process of technological adoption. Results confirm our hypothesis.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/125

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451854800/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1251999

Format:

Paper

Pages:

33

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