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International R&D Spillovers and Convergence Among OECD Countries


  • F. Funk, Mark

    () (Saint Louis University)


This paper examines the effect of relative productivity levels on international knowledge flows. Using the Coe and Helpman (1995) data on research, I show how separating the sample into distinct groups allows the relationship between relative productivity and research spillovers to be estimated. Since the data are nonstationary, the panel cointegration techniques recently developed by Kao and Chiang (1999) are used. I find that the observed flow of knowledge is consistent with a simple model of catch-up to the technological frontier. Countries benefit more from the research of more-advanced nations than from the research of nations with similar productivity levels.

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  • F. Funk, Mark, 2001. "International R&D Spillovers and Convergence Among OECD Countries," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 16, pages 48-65.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0153

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    1. Kurt Hafner, 2008. "The pattern of international patenting and technology diffusion," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(21), pages 2819-2837.
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    4. Greenaway, David & Foster, Neil, 2002. "North-South Trade, Knowledge Spillovers and Growth," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 17, pages 650-670.
    5. López-Pueyo, Carmen & Barcenilla-Visús, Sara & Sanaú, Jaime, 2008. "International R&D spillovers and manufacturing productivity: A panel data analysis," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 152-172, June.

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    Convergence; Research Spillovers;

    JEL classification:

    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General


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