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The Role of International Technological Spillovers in the Economic Growth of the OECD Countries

  • Carmela Martin
  • Francisco J. Velazquez
  • Jorge Crespo.

This paper explores the role of imports as a mechanism of transmission of international technological spillovers and the significance of these for the growth and economic convergence of the OECD countries. For this purpose a growth model is estimated that includes amongst its determinants a measure of the stock of technological knowledge. The results reveal first that international technological spillovers transmitted through imports have had a favourable influence on the economic growth of the OECD countries, Secondly, they suggest that the capacity of countries to take advantage of those spillovers depend on their own human and R&D capital endowments..

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Paper provided by European Economy Group in its series European Economy Group Working Papers with number 6.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:eeg:euroeg:6
Note: Working Paper n.6, 2001; pp 23
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