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Catching-up with the "locomotive"

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  • Boucekkine, Raouf

    (Center for Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University)

  • Zou, Benteng

    (Center for Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University)

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This paper extends the standard neoclassical model by considering a technology sector through which an economy with limited human capital attempts to catch up with a given "locomotive" pushing exogenously technical progress. In periods of technological stagnation, economies close enough to the frontier may find it optimal to not catch up, which reinforces worldwide technological sclerosis. Under sustainable technological growth, all the other economies will sooner or later engage in imitation. Such a phase of technology adoption may be delayed depending on certain deep characteristics of the followers.

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  • Boucekkine, Raouf & Zou, Benteng, 2011. "Catching-up with the "locomotive"," Center for Mathematical Economics Working Papers 428, Center for Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University.
  • Handle: RePEc:bie:wpaper:428
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    1. Boucekkine, Raouf & Saglam, Cagri & Vall Ee, Thomas, 2004. "Technology Adoption Under Embodiment: A Two-Stage Optimal Control Approach," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 8(02), pages 250-271, April.
    2. Raouf Boucekkine & Blanca Martínez & Cagri Saglam, 2006. "The Development Problem under Embodiment," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 10(1), pages 42-58, February.
    3. Benhabib, Jess & Spiegel, Mark M., 1994. "The role of human capital in economic development evidence from aggregate cross-country data," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(2), pages 143-173, October.
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