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Cross-country catch-up in the manufacturing sector: Impacts of heterogeneity on convergence and technology adoption

  • Patrik T. Hultberg

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  • M. Ishaq Nadiri
  • Robin C. Sickles

We analyze how technology transfer from a leading economy affects followers’ productivity growth in manufacturing sectors and Gross Domestic Product. Allowing for heterogeneous technology levels we explore how this impacts rates of catch-up in labor productivity across manufacturing sectors and GDP for 16 OECD nations. Our results indicate that aggregate studies bias downward the estimated rates of catch-up. These rates of catch-up, as well as efficiency levels, also differ across countries. We find that institutional factors such as bureaucratic efficiency are important determinants of the estimated catch-up rates. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2004

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Volume (Year): 29 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 753-768

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