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Anni-Maria Pulkki-Brannstrom

I have now moved to UCL Centre for International Health and Development (homepage).

My PhD thesis was examined in January 2010 by Cristiano Antonelli (Turin) and Nicholas Crafts (Warwick). I have an MSc in Economics from the University of Warwick and a BA in Economics and Politics from the University of York.


About My Research

Department: Warwick Business School

Supervisor: Professor Paul Stoneman (WBS)

Second Supervisor: Otto Toivanen (Helsinki)

International Diffusion of New Technology
Diffusion is the most important stage of technological change. This is when a new technology starts to be used, i.e. firms or consumers begin to adopt it. We can say that the use of the technology "spreads". Diffusion is an important determinant of economic growth because it is only through the actual use of new inventions that their productivity effects are realised.

My hypothesis is that diffusion in a given country is affected by use elsewhere. My contribution amounts to an extension of the models currently found in the literature which do not take into account the possibility of such inter-country spillover effects. In order to test the hypothesis I use a panel data set called HCCTAD which covers 21 technologies in 23 countries over a period of several hundred years. HCCTAD has been compiled by Diego Comin and Bart Hobijn at the NBER.

For details of my research, please see My Research.


For the two academic years 2006-7 and 2007-8 I was the teaching assistant for the course EC112 The Industrial Economy, a first-year undergraduate course in the Economics department at Warwick.

Year Started: 2005

Funding: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD Studentship

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Contact information

Mail address:

UCL Centre for International Health and Development, Institute of Child Health

30 Guilford Street, London, WC1N 1EH