Breakthrough technologies – Semiconductor, innovation and intellectual property
Economic Research Working Paper No. 27
Author: Francesca Guadagno
Author: Sacha Wunsch-Vincent
Author: Thomas Hoeren
Publication year: 2015
Semiconductor technology is at the origin of today’s digital economy. Its contribution to innovation, productivity and economic growth in the past four decades has been extensive. This paper analyzes how this breakthrough technology came about, how it diffused, and what role intellectual property played historically.