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Is North-South Trade-Related Technology Diffusion Regional?

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  • YANLING WANG

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"There is an influential literature on trade-related technology diffusion. This article contributes to that literature by investigating whether north-south trade-related technology diffusion has a regional dimension. To do so, we build a weighted foreign research and development index at the industry level to account for international and interindustry technology spillovers. Using parallel analysis for nine developing countries, we find: (1) north-south trade-related technology diffusion is strong and significant and (2) north-south technology diffusion tends to have a regional dimension: developing countries in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East tend to benefit, respectively, more from trade with Japan, North America, and Europe than from trade with other northern regions. "("JEL "F1, F15) Copyright (c) 2009 Western Economic Association International.

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  • Yanling Wang, 2009. "Is North-South Trade-Related Technology Diffusion Regional?," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 27(3), pages 402-412, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:27:y:2009:i:3:p:402-412
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    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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