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Is Technological Progress Pareto-Improving for a World with Global Public Goods?


  • Keisuke Hattori



This paper investigates the welfare effects of unilateral or multilateral technological progress in a world with global public goods. We focus on the consumption relation between the private and the public good, and then show that technological progress may be“self-centered” (benefit oneself but harm others), “self-sacrificing” (harm oneself but benefit others), or “self-defeating” (harm all) if two goods are substitutable. In addition, any type of technological progress improves every country’s welfare if the private and the public good are close complements. Copyright Springer-Verlag Wien 2005

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  • Keisuke Hattori, 2005. "Is Technological Progress Pareto-Improving for a World with Global Public Goods?," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 84(2), pages 135-156, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jeczfn:v:84:y:2005:i:2:p:135-156
    DOI: 10.1007/s00712-004-0106-6

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    Cited by:

    1. Hattori, Keisuke & Yamada, Mai, 2013. "Skill Diversity and Leadership in Team Production," MPRA Paper 48481, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Wolfgang Buchholz & Michael Eichenseer, 2017. "Advantageous Leadership in Public Good Provision: The Case of an Endogenous Contribution Technology," CESifo Working Paper Series 6352, CESifo Group Munich.
    3. Buchholz, Wolfgang & Eichenseer, Michael, 2017. "Advantageous Leadership in Public Good Provision: The Case of an Endogenous Contribution Technology," Annual Conference 2017 (Vienna): Alternative Structures for Money and Banking 168153, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
    4. Wolfgang Buchholz & Richard Cornes & Dirk Rübbelke, 2017. "Public Goods and Public Bads," CESifo Working Paper Series 6437, CESifo Group Munich.
    5. Hattori, Keisuke, 2007. "Policy and Product Differentiations Encourage the International Transfer of Environmental Technologies," MPRA Paper 6334, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 20 Sep 2007.

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    private provision of public goods; technological progress; technological aid; immiserizing growth; H41; O33;

    JEL classification:

    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • 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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