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Measuring Technology Diffusion and the International Sources of Growth

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  • Jonathan Eaton

    (Boston University)

  • Samuel Kortum

    (Boston University)

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We describe a methodology to infer the extent of international technology diffusion and to decompose the sources of growth by nation. We compare the results from alternative implementation: of this methodology. A major finding is that the extent of international diffusion is substantial, with the United States contributing between a quarter to a half of the productivity growth in each of the other major research economies. Nevertheless, innovations do have a greater impact at home than abroad. For example. domestic innovations account for 60 to 70 per cent of U.S. growth.

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Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 22 (1996)
Issue (Month): 4 (Fall)
Pages: 401-410

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Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:22:y:1996:i:4:p:401-410

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Keywords: Diffusion; Growth; Productivity; Technology;

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