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Technological Specialization in International Patenting

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  • Jonathan Eaton
  • Robert Evenson
  • Samuel Kortum
  • Poorti Marino
  • Jonathan Putnam

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Countries differ in their absolute and relative productivities in doing research across different technologies. They also differ in their propensity to adopt different technologies from abroad. Moreover, technologies may vary in their international mobility. We make use of new data on international patenting within different technologies to infer how countries specialize and which technologies are most mobile. We find countries to be much more specialized in their production than in their use of technologies, suggesting agglomeration effects in research. Innovations in chemistry and nucleonics are the most internationally mobile while those in agriculture and building are the least so.

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Paper provided by Boston University, Institute for Economic Development in its series Boston University - Institute for Economic Development with number 81.

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Date of creation: Jan 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fth:bosecd:81

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  1. Maria Mancusi, 2001. "Technological specialization in industrial countries: Patterns and dynamics," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, vol. 137(4), pages 593-621, December.
  2. Maria Luisa Mancusi, 2000. "Geographical Concentration and the Dynamics of Countries' Specialization in Technologies," KITeS Working Papers 125, KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy, revised Aug 2001.
  3. Klinger, Bailey & Lederman, Daniel, 2006. "Innovation and export portfolios," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3983, The World Bank.
  4. Maria Luisa Mancusi, 2000. "The Dynamics of Technology in Industrial Countries," KITeS Working Papers 118, KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy, revised Nov 2000.

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