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Increasing returns to scale and international diffusion of technology: An empirical study for Brazil (1976-2000)

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  • Oliveira, Francisco H.P.
  • Jayme, Frederico Jr.
  • Lemos, Mauro B.

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This article aims at exploring the empirical evidence regarding the effects of increasing returns to scale and international technological diffusion on the Brazilian manufacturing industry. Our departure point is a Kaldorian-type theoretical model that provides not only the positive effects of scale but also of diffusion on industrial performance. We use Vector Auto Regressive (VAR) for testing the model. VAR will estimate the coefficients related to industrial output, labor productivity, exports and the technological gap between the United States and Brazil. This technique also provides simulations for the short-term and long-term trajectories under exogenous shocks. The observations are on a three-month period basis and the sampling period runs from the second half of 1976 to the second half of 2000. The conclusion highlights both evidences of increasing returns on the Brazilian industry that faces, however, some structural constraints. Besides, the model also reveals Brazil's difficulties to catch up

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 34 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 75-88

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  1. Gilberto Libânio & Sueli Moro, 2011. "Manufacturing Industryand Economic Growth in Latin America," Anais do XXXVII Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 37th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 86, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
  2. Marco Flávio da Cunha Resende & Daniela Almeida Raposo Torres, 2008. "National innovation system, competitiveness and economic growth," Textos para Discussão Cedeplar-UFMG td325, Cedeplar, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.

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