Breakthrough technologies – Semiconductor, innovation and intellectual property

Economic Research Working Paper No. 27

Author(s): Francesca Guadagno, Sacha Wunsch-Vincent, 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.

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