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Cross-country catch-up in the manufacturing sector: Impacts of heterogeneity on convergence and technology adoption

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  • Patrik T. Hultberg

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  • M. Ishaq Nadiri
  • Robin C. Sickles

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We analyze how technology transfer from a leading economy affects followers’ productivity growth in manufacturing sectors and Gross Domestic Product. Allowing for heterogeneous technology levels we explore how this impacts rates of catch-up in labor productivity across manufacturing sectors and GDP for 16 OECD nations. Our results indicate that aggregate studies bias downward the estimated rates of catch-up. These rates of catch-up, as well as efficiency levels, also differ across countries. We find that institutional factors such as bureaucratic efficiency are important determinants of the estimated catch-up rates. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2004

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirical Economics.

Volume (Year): 29 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 753-768

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Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:29:y:2004:i:4:p:753-768

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Keywords: International comparisons; panel data methods; convergence and catch-up in best-practice technologies; O47; O57; C33; C41;

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Cited by:
  1. Markus Eberhardt & Francis Teal, 2010. "Productivity Analysis in Global Manufacturing Production," DEGIT Conference Papers c015_019, DEGIT, Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade.
  2. Aditi Bhattacharyya, 2012. "Adjustment of inputs and measurement of technical efficiency: A dynamic panel data analysis of the Egyptian manufacturing sectors," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 42(3), pages 863-880, June.
  3. Ana Lozano-Vivas & Jesús Pastor, 2006. "Relating Macro-economic Efficiency to Financial Efficiency: A Comparison of Fifteen OECD Countries Over an Eighteen Year Period," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 25(1), pages 67-78, 04.
  4. Arnab Bhattacharjee & Eduardo Castro & Chris Jensen-Butler, 2009. "Regional variation in productivity: a study of the Danish economy," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 31(3), pages 195-212, June.

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