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International Macroeconomic R&D Spillovers


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  • Edmond, Chris

    (Reserve Bank of Australia)


This paper fulfills four functions. First, it presents a self-contained survey of research on international R&D spillovers. Second, a number of new results are presented and briefly discussed. Third, the policy implications of the various empirical findings are examined, and finally, this paper outlines a number of relevant issues in econometric methodology. It is argued that two fundamental econometric problems combine to inherently limit the relevance of this R&D spillovers literature. However, despite these limitations, the macroeconomic approach to R&D spillovers provides additional information on a number of interesting issues in macroeconomics and international trade. In particular, the literature so far indicates that the returns to R&D capital are distributed in rough accordance with factor proportions theory and that more recent models of "semi-endogenous" growth are better supported than are the first wave of endogenous innovation models.

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Article provided by Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance in its journal Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP).

Volume (Year): 28 (1998)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 17-37

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Handle: RePEc:eap:articl:v:28:y:1998:i:1:p:17-37

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