The information revolution, innovation diffusion and economic growth: an examination of causal links in European countries

Research paper by Rudra P. Pradhan, Mak B. Arvin, Mahendhiran Nair, Sara E. Bennett, John H. Hall

Indexed on: 07 Jan '19Published on: 01 Jan '19Published in: Quality & Quantity


Over the last 5 decades, the economic landscape in Europe has been transformed rapidly due to innovation, digitisation of the economy, and emergence of new sources of growth. However, the complex dynamics among diffusion of innovation, penetration of information and communication technology (ICT), and economic growth have not been adequately studied. This paper investigates the relationships among these three variables for European countries over 1961–2016. The goal is to determine whether the direction of causality among the variables runs both ways, one way, or not at all. Using a vector error-correction model, we find that in the long run, both innovation diffusion and ICT penetration stimulate economic growth. In the short run, however, the causal links are not always uniform and depend on proxies that are used for innovation diffusion and ICT penetration. The results provide valuable insights on the types of policies and strategies that would sustain economic growth in European economies.