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The CHAT Dataset

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Executive Summary

This note accompanies the Cross-country Historical Adoption of Technology (CHAT) dataset. CHAT is an unbalanced panel dataset with information on the adoption of over 100 technologies in more than 150 countries since 1800. The authors discuss the main aim of CHAT, its scope and limitations, as well as several ways in which they have used the data so far and ways to potentially use the data for other research. One of the stylized facts that come out of the many empirical analyses done with these data is that most cross-country differences in standards of living seem due to differences in Total Factor Productivity, rather than observable inputs.

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