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Trade patterns and international technology spillovers: evidence from patent citations

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  • Naoto Jinji

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  • Xingyuan Zhang
  • Shoji Haruna

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In this paper, we empirically examine the relationship between bilateral trade patterns and international technology spillovers for a sample of 55 countries during 1995–2006. Technology spillovers are measured by using patent citation data taken from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The main contribution of this paper is to provide new evidence that the size of technology spillovers significantly varies according to bilateral trade patterns. In particular, horizontal intra-industry trade is associated with larger technology spillovers than vertical intra-industry trade, and the size of technology spillovers is smallest when the trade pattern is inter-industry trade. Given the fact that trade between technologically advanced countries has a higher share of horizontal intra-industry trade than trade between other combinations of countries, our findings suggest that trade may enlarge, rather than narrow, the technology gap between technologically advanced and less-advanced countries. Copyright Kiel Institute 2015

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  • Naoto Jinji & Xingyuan Zhang & Shoji Haruna, 2015. "Trade patterns and international technology spillovers: evidence from patent citations," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 151(4), pages 635-658, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:weltar:v:151:y:2015:i:4:p:635-658
    DOI: 10.1007/s10290-015-0223-z
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    Keywords

    Technology spillovers; Trade patterns; Patent citations; Intra-industry trade; F12; O31; O33;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • 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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