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Labor Mobility and Technology Diffusion: a New Concept and its Application to Rural Southeast Asia

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We develop a new concept of rural technology diffusion influenced by labor mobility and business relations. The technology gain effect of labor mobility increases technology diffusiveness, whereas the technology drain effect decreases it. The concept is applied to survey data from the Mekong region, a new geographic area in this context. In the econometric analysis that takes spatial correlation and geographic variables into account, technology is measured in form of the number of mobile phones per village. The results support the technology gain and drain effects and show that labor mobility and business relations can help overcome geographic obstacles to rural development.

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  • Hübler, Michael, 2015. "Labor Mobility and Technology Diffusion: a New Concept and its Application to Rural Southeast Asia," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-554, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
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    1. Hübler, Michael, 2016. "Does Migration Support Technology Diffusion in Developing Countries?," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 83(C), pages 148-162.

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    Keywords

    technology diffusion; mobile phones; labor mobility; spatial correlation; rural development; Southeast Asia;

    JEL classification:

    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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