Journal of Evolutionary Economics

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 229–242 | Cite as

Technological diffusion: European experience to 1850

  • Charles P. Kindleberger
Global Economic Evolution: Knowledge Variety and Diffusion in Economic Growth and Development II Knowledge Creation and Historical Learning


This paper considers the diffusion of British technology to the Continent, especially France and Prussia, during the industrial revolution. Particular attention is paid to the various transmission mechanisms and to differences in the speed of diffusion. It is shown that the economic growth of a country and its absorption of foreign technology tends to follow a logistic curve. This suggests that linear and purely economic explanations of technological transmission may be inadequate.

Key Words

Economic history Industrial revolution Technological diffusion 


N13 O31 O14 


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  • Charles P. Kindleberger
    • 1
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyLexingtonUSA

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