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Learning sequences and structural diversification in developing countries

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The article explains structural diversification through the interrelationship between learning by doing and the introduction of new technology. Structural diversification is constrained when learning-by-doing benefits do not spill over across national borders and when the fixed-cost expenditure associated with the introduction of new technology is high. Structural diversification is seen as being the result of dynamic learning sequences where introducing new technology provides learning-by-doing benefits which, however, peter out. once activities associated with the new technology have been repeated many times; new and more sophisticated technology is needed to continue reaping learning effects.

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  • Jorg Mayer, 1996. "Learning sequences and structural diversification in developing countries," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(2), pages 210-229.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:33:y:1996:i:2:p:210-229
    DOI: 10.1080/00220389608422463
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    1. Bartel, Ann P & Sicherman, Nachum, 1998. "Technological Change and the Skill Acquisition of Young Workers," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 16(4), pages 718-755, October.
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