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On semi-industrialized countries and the acquisition of advanced technological capabilities


  • Simon Teitel


The last decades have witnessed a breaking down of the hitherto quasi-monopoly in industrial and technological development held by highly industrialized countries. Man-made changes in comparative advantage due to rapid accumulation of human capital, development of technical institutions and public policies in support of enterprise development and innovation, have led to the emergence of advanced technical capabilities in a number of semi-industrialized countries. Study of selected instances of their technological achievement shows that they cannot be adequately interpreted as necessarily requiring the working of a well-integrated national innovation system. They seem to be instead path, or process, dependent and determined by the circumstantial convergence of requisite skills, appropriate institutions and supportive public policies.

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  • Simon Teitel, 2006. "On semi-industrialized countries and the acquisition of advanced technological capabilities," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(2), pages 171-194.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:15:y:2006:i:2:p:171-194
    DOI: 10.1080/03057070500203228

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    1. Teitel, Simon & Thoumi, Francisco E, 1986. "From Import Substitution to Exports: The Manufacturing Exports Experience of Argentina and Brazil," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 34(3), pages 455-490, April.
    2. Larry Westphal, 2002. "Technology Strategies For Economic Development In A Fast Changing Global Economy," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(4-5), pages 275-320.
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    1. Alexandre Almeida & António Figueiredo & Mário Rui Silva, 2011. "From Concept to Policy: Building Regional Innovation Systems in Follower Regions," European Planning Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(7), pages 1331-1356, July.
    2. McGuire Steven, 2014. "Global value chains and state support in the aircraft industry," Business and Politics, De Gruyter, vol. 16(4), pages 1-25, December.
    3. de Lange, Deborah E., 2016. "Legitimation Strategies for Clean Technology Entrepreneurs Facing Institutional Voids in Emerging Economies," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 403-415.


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