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Inter-state dynamics of invention activities, 1930-2000

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  • John S. Landon-Lane

    (Department of Economics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA)

  • Catherine Y. Co

    (Department of Economics, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE, USA)

  • Myeong-Su Yun

    (Department of Economics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA)

Abstract

We study the dynamics of the cross-section distribution of patents per capita for the 48 continental US states from 1930 to 2000 using a discrete-state Markov chain. We test for and find evidence in favor of the (knowledge) convergence hypothesis. The distribution of patents is converging to a limiting distribution that is significantly more concentrated than its initial distribution. States in the extreme are more mobile than states in the middle of the cross-sectional distribution and are likely to move to the middle. However, the rate of convergence to the limiting distribution is 'slow'. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • John S. Landon-Lane & Catherine Y. Co & Myeong-Su Yun, 2006. "Inter-state dynamics of invention activities, 1930-2000," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 21(8), pages 1111-1134.
  • Handle: RePEc:jae:japmet:v:21:y:2006:i:8:p:1111-1134
    DOI: 10.1002/jae.909
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    1. Jennifer Hunt & Marjolaine Gauthier-Loiselle, 2010. "How Much Does Immigration Boost Innovation?," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 2(2), pages 31-56, April.
    2. Gang, Ira N. & Gatskova, Kseniia & Landon-Lane, John & Yun, Myeong-Su, 2016. "Vulnerability to Poverty: Tajikistan During and After the Global Financial Crisis," IZA Discussion Papers 10049, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

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