The diffusion of disruptive technologies
New research will help understand how innovations are spread across regions, industries, occupations and firms to generate key data insights for businesses
Knowing how novel technologies affect jobs and how fast they spread is key to understanding economic growth, economic inequality and entrepreneurship – but identifying the innovations that affect jobs and businesses is problematic. Using patents, job postings and other data over the past two decades, this research develops a methodology to determine such innovations, trace them to the locations and firms where they emerged, and track their diffusion through regions, occupations and industries over time. The study promises significant benefits for regions; particularly in the form of high-quality employment.