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Trade in ideas: patenting and productivity in the OECD

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  • Samuel S. Kortum
  • Jonathan Eaton

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We develop and estimate a model of technological innovation and its contribution to growth at home and abroad. International patents indicate where innovations come from and where they are used. Countries grow at a common steady-state rate. A country's relative productivity depends upon its capacity to absorb technology. We estimate that, except for the United States, OECD countries derive almost all of their productivity growth from abroad.

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Paper provided by Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.) in its series Finance and Economics Discussion Series with number 95-9.

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Date of creation: 1995
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgfe:95-9

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Keywords: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ; Patents ; Productivity;

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