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COMIN, DIEGO A. Print E-mail

Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School Boston, USA





Current Research:


Technology Adoption

How large are cross-country differences in technology adoption? How important are they to explain the large observed cross-country differences in per capita income? What factors accelerate or slowdown the adoption of technology? What factors affect the shape of the diffusion of technology?


Output and Asset Price Fluctuations

What are the sources of business cycles? How are these shocks propagated in the economy? Why are their effects so persistent? How can we explain asset price fluctuations? How are shocks transmitted internationally?


Main Topics:

economic development, economic institutions, globalization, innovation, macroeconomics, technological change, technological innovation; cost of capital, entrepreneurship, information technology, invention, political economy.







Professionale Profile:


Diego Comin is an Associate Professor of Business Administration at HBS since 2007. Between 2000 and 2007, Comin has been Assistant Professor of Economics at New York University. He is also Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research's Economic Fluctuations and Growth Program.

Comin works on macroeconomics broadly understood. Part of his research consists on studying the process of technological change and technology diffusion both across countries and over time. A second avenue of Comin's work studies the sources and propagation mechanisms of fluctuations at high and medium term frequencies. A third line of research pursued by Comin has explored the evolution of firm dynamics and their implications for the evolution of the US economy.


Diego Comin has received numerous grants and fellowships for his work, such as:


NSF Grant # SBE-738101, Innovation and Technology Implementation: Theory and Policy Implications (Joint with Bart Hobijn), 2007.



Berkley Center's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Kaufman Research Grant, 2007.


Berkley Center's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Kaufman Research Grant (Joint with Sydney Ludvigson), 2006.


NSF Grant # SES-0742957, An Extensive Dataset on Historical Cross-Country Adoption (Joint with Bart Hobijn), 2005.


Goddard Fellowship, 2004.


Real Colegio Complutense,1995-2000.


Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University,1999.


Bank of Spain Fellowship, 1995-1999.


Diego Comin is frequently invited as Keynote speakers to do presentations and talks. He speaks fluently Spanish (mother tongue), and English. His work has been published mainly in academic journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, The Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Economic Growth.





Profilo accademico


  •  Ph.D. Economics, Harvard University, 2000, Dissertation:   An Uncertainty-Driven Theory of the Productivity, Slowdown, (Commission:  Robert Barro, Philippe Aghion, Elhanan Helpman, John Leahy).

  •  M.A., Economics, Harvard University, 2000
  • B.A., Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain),






Principali pubblicazioni:
  • With Bart Hobijn, “An Exploration of Technology Diffusion,” The American Economic Review, (forthcoming).
  • With William Easterly e Erick Gong, “Was the Wealth of Nations Determined in 1000 B.C.?,” American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, (forthcoming).

  •   With Sunil Mulani, “A Theory of Growth and Volatility at the Aggregate and Firm Level,” Journal of Monetary Economics, (forthcoming).

  •   With Bart Hobijn, “Lobbies and Technology Diffusion,” Review of Economics and Statistics 91, nr. 2 (May 2009), pp. 229-244.