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International spillovers in a world of technology clubs

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The technology club literature suggests a tripartite segmentation of countries into an innovation, an imitation and a stagnation club. We use a Benhabib–Spiegel type growth model embedded in a threshold regression framework to test for non-linearities in the impact of the technology gap on economic growth as suggested by the technology club hypothesis. Using human capital as the threshold variable we are able to identify three country groupings. In line with the technology club hypothesis we find the strongest effects of the technology gap on economic growth in the intermediate group which we associate with the imitation club.

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  • Stöllinger, Roman, 2013. "International spillovers in a world of technology clubs," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 27(C), pages 19-35.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:streco:v:27:y:2013:i:c:p:19-35
    DOI: 10.1016/j.strueco.2013.06.004
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    Keywords

    Technology clubs; Threshold regressions; Technology spillovers; Human capital;
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    JEL classification:

    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence
    • O41 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
    • I25 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Economic Development
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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