The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Griliches, Zvi (1930–1999)

  • Ernst R. Berndt
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Born in Lithuania and a survivor of the Dachau concentration camp, Zvi Griliches was one of the most important and influential empirical economists of the second half of the 20th century. Griliches’ lifelong research focus involved detailed analyses on the role of technological change as a principal driver of productivity and long-run economic growth. His research contributions were wide-ranging and seminal, and through his students, collaborators and colleagues he greatly affected the conduct of empirical research in economics.


American Economic Association Capital measurement Diffusion of technology Discrete count data Distributed lags Education and economic growth Griliches, Z. Hedonic prices Inflation Input–output analysis Measurement error models National Bureau of Economic Research Patents Pharmaceutical industry Price measurement Production functions Productivity growth Quality–price relationship Research and development Technical change Unobservable variables 

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  • Ernst R. Berndt
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