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Groningen Growth and Development Centre October 1999Three Phases of Dutch Economic Growth and Technological

By Jan Pieter Smits, Herman De Jong, Bart Van Ark, Jan-pieter Smits, Herman De Jong, Bart Van Ark, N. W. Posthumus, Instituut Groningen Growth, Development Centre, Albrecht Ritschl and I. Introduction


In this paper we analyze the dynamics of Dutch economic growth for the period 1815-1997. By applying a simple econometric technique, important braking points in the timeseries are traced. It seems that three phases of growth can be discerned and that these phases are characterized by different types of technology (steam, electricity as well as information and communication technology). The Dutch economy has not generated an overall productivity improvement from the first and third technological phase, but has been successful in exploiting the technological opportunities of the second phase

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