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Growth accounting for a technology follower in a world of ideas: The case of Singapore

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  • Ho, Kong Weng
  • Hoon, Hian Teck

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We account for the sources of Singapore's growth by being explicit about the channels through which Singapore benefits from international R&D spillovers. We find that 61.5% of Singapore's real GDP per worker growth over the 1970-2004 period is due to multifactor productivity growth. More specifically, 52.1% of the growth is explained by an increase in the effectiveness of accessing ideas through improvement in Singapore's educational quality as well as increases in machinery imports and foreign direct investment from the G5 countries. Taking account of technology transfer raises the average rate of return to capital to 12.5%.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Asian Economics.

Volume (Year): 20 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 156-173

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Handle: RePEc:eee:asieco:v:20:y:2009:i:2:p:156-173

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Keywords: Technological diffusion Idea production function Multifactor productivity growth;

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