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Patenting and Productivity in the OECD

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  • Jonathan Eaton
  • Samuel Kortum

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We develop and estimate a model of technological innovation and its contribution to growth at home and abroad. International patents indicate where innovations come from and where they are used. Countries grow at a common steady-state rate A country's relative productivity depends upon its capacity to absorb technology. We estimate that, except for the United States, OECD countries derive almost all of their productivity growth from abroad.

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  • Jonathan Eaton & Samuel Kortum, 1995. "Patenting and Productivity in the OECD," Boston University - Institute for Economic Development 51, Boston University, Institute for Economic Development.
  • Handle: RePEc:fth:bosecd:51
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    1. Wolfgang Keller, 1997. "Trade and Transmission of Technology," NBER Working Papers 6113, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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