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Do political regimes matter for technology diffusion?

Okada, Keisuke and Samreth, Sovannroeun (2020): Do political regimes matter for technology diffusion?

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Abstract

This study examines the effects of political regimes on technology diffusion, using data from a sample of 104 technologies from 137 countries between 1901 and 2000. We find that democracy is positively associated with the diffusion of health and agriculture-related technologies. Furthermore, the diffusion of infrastructure, general, and other sector-specific technologies are not influenced by political regimes.

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