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Research, technological change and financial liberalization in South Korea


  • Ang, James B.


Drawing on the recent developments in innovation-based growth models that emphasize the importance of financial factors and R&D activity, this paper explores the impact of research efforts and financial sector reforms on inventive activity, using Korea as the case study. Based on time series data over the period 1967-2005, the results consistently show that the implementation of a series of financial liberalization policies is strongly associated with a higher rate of knowledge generation. They also show that R&D intensity has a significant positive influence on ideas production, providing some support for the Schumpeterian endogenous growth framework.

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  • Ang, James B., 2010. "Research, technological change and financial liberalization in South Korea," Journal of Macroeconomics, Elsevier, vol. 32(1), pages 457-468, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jmacro:v:32:y:2010:i:1:p:457-468

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