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Technology transfer, institutions and development

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  • Costantini, Valeria
  • Liberati, Paolo

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In the recent decades, the flows of trade, capital, and technology across the national borders of developing countries have increased, and have produced the conditions for a faster transmission of knowledge. While the economic literature has mainly focused on how international technology transfer may affect standard economic performances, less attention has been paid to a broader development perspective. This paper fills this gap by addressing two main issues. First, it investigates whether the technology transfer conveyed by international trade flows has positively influenced the development paths of less advanced economies. Second, it focuses on whether country-specific structural features may support the impulse of technology transfer on development. Our results show that technology accumulated in rich countries may help poor countries achieve higher development levels more rapidly, and that well functioning institutions may improve the capacity to transform the imported technology into domestic development opportunities.

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  • Costantini, Valeria & Liberati, Paolo, 2014. "Technology transfer, institutions and development," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 88(C), pages 26-48.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:tefoso:v:88:y:2014:i:c:p:26-48
    DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2014.06.014
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    Technology transfer; International trade; Human development; Institutions;
    All these keywords.

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    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • H87 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - International Fiscal Issues; International Public Goods
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • O15 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration

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