Productivity, Technology and Economic Growth

  • Bart van Ark
  • Simon K. Kuipers
  • Gerard H. Kuper

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Bart van Ark, Simon K. Kuipers, Gerard H. Kuper
      Pages 1-16
  3. Understanding Growth Regimes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Jan Luiten van Zanden
      Pages 67-89
    3. Barry Eichengreen, Pablo Vazquez
      Pages 91-128
  4. Determinants of Productivity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. James R. Malley, V. Anton Muscatelli, Ulrich Woitek
      Pages 131-157
    3. Eric J. Bartelsman
      Pages 227-250
  5. Technology Diffusion and Growth

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Jan Fagerberg, Bart Verspagen
      Pages 345-360
    3. Marieke Rensman, Gerard H. Kuper
      Pages 361-389
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 391-400

About this book


Productivity, Technology and Economic Growth presents a selection of recent research advances on long term economic growth. While the contributions stem from both economic history, macro- and microeconomics and the economics of innovation, all papers depart from a common viewpoint: the key factor behind long term growth is productivity, and the latter is primarily driven by technological change. Most contributions show implicitly or explicitly that technological change is at least partly dependent on growth itself. Furthermore, technology appears to interact strongly with investment in physical and human capital as well as with changes in historical, political and institutional settings.
Together these papers are an up-to-date account of the remarkable convergence in theoretical and empirical work on productivity and growth over the past decades. The first part deals with the characteristics of growth regimes over longer periods, ranging from 20 years to two centuries. The next four chapters study the determinants of productivity growth and, in some cases, productivity slowdown during the last quarter of the twentieth century. The final five chapters focus on the role of technology and innovation as the key determinants of growth. Productivity, Technology and Economic Growth is, therefore, a welcome collection for academic scholars and graduate students in economics, history and related social sciences as well as for policy makers.


Economic history economic growth growth

Editors and affiliations

  • Bart van Ark
    • 1
  • Simon K. Kuipers
    • 2
  • Gerard H. Kuper
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Groningen and N.W. Posthumus InstituteGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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