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The Dynamics of Upgrading or How to Catch-up - Imitation and Growth of Newly Industrializing Countries

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  • Gries, Thomas

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    (Department of Economics, University of Paderborn)

  • Wigger, Berthold Wigger

    ()
    (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Abstract

The upgrading process through imitation is analyzed for a technologically backward country in an industrialized neighborhood. Depending on human capital, trade policy and R&D expenditures, two regimes of development can be identified. A regime of increasing relative backwardness and a regime of upgrading. Pure imitation may support the upgrading process, but cannot fully dose the technological gap towards the industrialized world in the end. A full closure of the gap requires switching the process from imitation to innovation. Under normal conditions the upgrading process can be accelerated by education efforts, liberal trade policy, and increasing R&D expenditures.

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Article provided by Camera di Commercio di Genova in its journal Economia Internazionale / International Economics.

Volume (Year): 46 (1993)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 377-387

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Handle: RePEc:ris:ecoint:0433

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  1. T. Gries & M. Redlin, 2011. "International integration and the determinants of regional development in China," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 44(1), pages 149-177, April.

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