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General Purpose Technologies and Surges in Productivity: Historical Reflections on the Future of the ICT Revolution

Paul A. David and Gavin Wright

in The Economic Future in Historical Perspective

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263471
eISBN:
9780191734786
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263471.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter analyses the relationship between the diffusion of general purpose technologies (GPTs) and surges in the growth of productivity. It first explores the dynamics of GPT diffusion by ... More


Is War Necessary?

Vernon W. Ruttan

in Is War Necessary for Economic Growth?: Military Procurement and Technology Development

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195188042
eISBN:
9780199783410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195188047.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Several important questions bear on the impact of military and defense-related research, development, and procurement on future technology development in the U.S. One is whether changes in the ... More


Is War Necessary for Economic Growth?: Military Procurement and Technology Development

Vernon W. Ruttan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195188042
eISBN:
9780199783410
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195188047.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Military and defense-related procurement has been an important source of technology development across a broad spectrum of industries that account for an important share of U.S. industrial ... More


Technological spillovers and general purpose technologies

Albert N. Link and Donald S. Siegel

in Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Technological Change

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199268825
eISBN:
9780191699290
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199268825.003.0007
Subject:
Business and Management, Innovation, Strategy

This chapter presents a comprehensive historical analysis of two general purpose technologies (GPTs) — the Internet and nanotechnology. A GPT is an enabling technology, one that when adopted and used ... More


Modularity and the Evolution of the Internet

Timothy Simcoe

in Economic Analysis of the Digital Economy

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780226206844
eISBN:
9780226206981
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226206981.003.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter offers an empirical case study of the Internet architecture from an economic viewpoint. Data collected from the two main Internet standard setting organizations, which are the Internet ... More


Generality, Recombination, and Reuse

Timothy F. Bresnahan

in The Rate and Direction of Inventive Activity Revisited

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226473031
eISBN:
9780226473062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226473062.003.0019
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter focuses on the recombination and reuse of key general-purpose technologies (GPTs), which are defined as widely used discoveries capable of ongoing improvement that enable complementary ... More


Fifty Years of Growth Economics

Shahid Yusuf

in International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199671656
eISBN:
9780191751127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

The global economy has enjoyed more than a half-century of unprecedented economic growth and a growth ideology is firmly entrenched in advanced and developing countries alike. It is the axis for ... More


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