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Openness, technology capital, and development

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  • Ellen R. McGrattan
  • Edward C. Prescott

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In this paper, we extend the growth model to include firm-specific technology capital and use it to assess the gains from opening to foreign direct investment. A firm's technology capital is its unique know-how from investing in research and development, brands, and organization capital. What distinguishes technology capital from other forms of capital is the fact that a firm can use it simultaneously in multiple domestic and foreign locations. Foreign technology capital is exploited by permitting foreign direct investment by multinationals. In both steady-state and transitional analyses, the extended growth model predicts large gains to being open.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in its series Staff Report with number 396.

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