Can Social Norms Affect the International Allocation of Innovation?
AbstractIf economic agents coordinate on social norms more oriented towards the protection of national industries, an asymmetric international specialization in the research and development (R&D) arises even in a tariff free world with no a priori differences across countries in endowments, demography or technology. This paper exploits the indifference in the composition of R&D expenditure across sectors of the typical multi-sector Schumpeterian framework (forward-looking decisions, CRS R&D technology and free entry) to construct a theory of the international allocation of innovation and education based on sunspot equilibrium. A role for industrial policies as mere coordination devices emerges in an international Schumpeterian framework. The implications for the relationships between inequality and growth are examined.
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Schumpeterian Growth Theory; Inequality; International Trade; Social Norms; Indeterminacy; Sunspots.;
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- O41 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
- O32 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
- D33 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Factor Income Distribution
- F43 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Economic Growth of Open Economies
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- NEP-ALL-2008-02-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-INO-2008-02-23 (Innovation)
- NEP-IPR-2008-02-23 (Intellectual Property Rights)
- NEP-OPM-2008-02-23 (Open Economy Macroeconomics)
- NEP-SOC-2008-02-23 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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