This book has benefited from the advice and assistance of many individuals. Special thanks are due to Mike Scherer for his extensive comments on the 1987 monograph, Technological Change and Productivity Growth, upon which this volume is based.
We are also indebted to the late Zvi Griliches, the late Ed Mansfield, David Audretsch, Kathy Combs, Maryann Feldman, Bronwyn Hall, Cathy Morrison Paul, and John Scott for insightful comments regarding the “new” literature on technological change and economic performance. Thanks also to Rob Langham and Terry Clague at Routledge, who have been extremely helpful and patient in the preparation of this volume.
Lastly, but most importantly, we thank our wives, Carol and Sandra, and our children, Jamie and Kevin, and Joshua, William, and Shira, for providing the warmth and emotional sustenance that made this book possible.