Tech-savvy students and grad transferred use of technology to households and workplaces
Universities played a unique role in the diffusion of Internet technology in the mid-1990s, according to a paper published in the March issue of the International Journal of Industrial Organization.
“The Internet, which many people view as the most important technology of the last 15 years, moved from universities to the public in an unusual way,” says Avi Goldfarb, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. He points out that there has been little empirical research on the role of universities in diffusing technology. “Most technologies that are invented in universities move through research journals or through business partnerships. The Internet followed a different pattern, in that students brought it to the public.”
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