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The Development problem under embodiment

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  • BOUCEKKINE, Raouf
  • MARTINEZ, Blanca
  • SAGLAM, Cagri

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This paper studies technology adoption in an optimal growth model with embodied technical change. The economy consists of the final good sector, the capital sector, and the technology sector which role is the imitation of exogenous innovations. Scarce labor resources are allocated to the technology and final good sectors. The final good is allocated to consumption and to the capital sector. The authors analytically characterize the long run optimal allocations. Using a calibrated version of the model, they find that an acceleration in the rate of embodied technical change should not be responded by an immediate and strong adoption effort. Instead, adoption labor should decrease in the short run, and the optimal technological gap is shown to increase either in the short or in the long run. The state of the institutions and policies around the technology sector is key in the design of the optimal adoption timing. Copyright © 2006 The Authors; Journal compilation © 2006 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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  • BOUCEKKINE, Raouf & MARTINEZ, Blanca & SAGLAM, Cagri, 2006. "The Development problem under embodiment," CORE Discussion Papers RP 1852, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvrp:1852
    Note: In : Review of Development Economics, 10(1), 42-58, 2006
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    1. Raúl Fuentes Z. & Javier Scavia D. & Juan Berríos P., 2014. "About the long-term distributional impact of embodied technological progress (without spillover effects) in developing countries," Journal Economía Chilena (The Chilean Economy), Central Bank of Chile, vol. 17(3), pages 28-54, December.
    2. Boucekkine, Raouf & Zou, Benteng, 2011. "Catching-up with the "locomotive"," Center for Mathematical Economics Working Papers 428, Center for Mathematical Economics, Bielefeld University.
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    4. Fuentes, Raúl & Mishra, Tapas & Scavia, Javier & Parhi, Mamata, 2014. "On optimal long-term relationship between TFP, institutions, and income inequality under embodied technical progress," Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 89-100.
    5. Dawid, Herbert & Greiner, Alfred & Zou, Benteng, 2010. "Optimal foreign investment dynamics in the presence of technological spillovers," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 296-313, March.
    6. Benteng Zou & Carmen Camacho, 2004. "The spatial Solow model," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 18(2), pages 1-11.
    7. Helene, LATZER, 2006. "Foreign Direct Investment and the Nature of the Imitation Process," Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) 2006012, Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques.
    8. Raouf Boucekkine & Benteng Zou, 2010. "Catching-up with the “locomotive”: a simple theory," CREA Discussion Paper Series 10-02, Center for Research in Economic Analysis, University of Luxembourg.
    9. Latzer, Hélène, 2013. "Bridging the technology gap with limited human capital resources," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 175-184.
    10. Dhaoui, Elwardi, 2012. "Cognitive Capitalism: Foundations, Assessment and Evaluation of New Perspectives," MPRA Paper 63688, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    JEL classification:

    • E22 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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