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Innovation, Catching-Up and Growth


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  • Jan Fagerberg

    (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo)


Most analyses of international differences in productivity growth present data for OECD countries only. Although defendable from a data-quality point of view, this implies that some important industrial countries that have grown fast in recent years are excluded from the analysis. To avoid this outcome the present study includes the most important NICs as well. Various indicators of economic and technological development and trends for the countries included in the analysis are presented. It is shown that although some convergence takes place, there are diverging factors at work as well. The formal model discussed above is then estimated on pooled time-series cross-country data for the period 1960-1985, and the consequences for analyses of international productivity differences and the slow-down in productivity growth in the 1970s are discussed.

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Paper provided by Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo in its series Working Papers Archives with number 1989137.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Dec 1989
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Handle: RePEc:tik:wparch:1989137

Note: Originally published as NUPI report no.137, December 1989
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  2. Fabienne Fecher, 1992. "Croissance de la productivité, rattrapage et innovation : une analyse des secteurs manufacturiers de l'Ocde," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 102(1), pages 117-127.
  3. Sandra Tavares Silva & Mário Rui Silva, 2000. "Crescimento Económico Nas Regiões Europeias: Uma Avaliação Sobre A Persistência Das Disparidades Regionais No Período 1980-95," FEP Working Papers 96, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.


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