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Catching up to the Technology Frontier: The Dichotomy Between Innovation and Imitation

  • Jakob Madsen
  • Rabiul Islam
  • James Ang


This research examines whether technology transfer, research intensity, educational attainment and the ability to absorb foreign technology help explain cross-country differences in productivity growth. Our data comprise a panel of 55 countries including 23 OECD and 32 developing economies over the period 1970-2004. The results show that TFP growth in both OECD and developing countries is positively affected by research intensity, distance to the frontier, research intensity-based absorptive capacity and educational attainment-based absorptive capacity. However, they reveal large differences between developed and developing countries.

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Paper provided by Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University in its series CAMA Working Papers with number 2009-26.

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Length: 55 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2009
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Handle: RePEc:een:camaaa:2009-26
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