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Beck, Jonathan; Grajek, Michal; Wey, Christian

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Abstract Cross-country or cross-industry studies of technology diffusion typically estimate how independent factors affect diffusion speed or timing, often based on a two-stage approach. In many applications, however, countries (industries) differ most in the saturation level of diffusion. In a single-stage econometric approach to a standard diffusion model, we therefore estimate how the saturation level covaries with independent factors. In our application to diffusion of an important retail information technology, we focus on the competitive effect of hypermarkets (superstores). We also find standard scale, income and labor substitution effects.
Classification Technology Assessment
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 1737-1748
Journal Applied Economics, 43 (2009) 14
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)