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The Effect of Regional Trade Agreements on Technology Spillovers through International Trade

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  • Naoto Jinji
  • Xingyuan Zhang
  • Shoji Haruna

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We investigate empirically how regional integration affects technology spillovers among trade partners. We measure the extent of technology spillovers by using patent citation data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Our main finding, from employing the gravity model, is that technology spillovers between trade partners are higher if these countries are signatories to the same regional free trade agreement. This suggests that regional integration has a positive effect on technology spillovers. Another finding is that the GATT/WTO has a positive effect on technology spillovers among member countries.

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  • Naoto Jinji & Xingyuan Zhang & Shoji Haruna, 2012. "The Effect of Regional Trade Agreements on Technology Spillovers through International Trade," Discussion papers e-11-006, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.
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    1. Naoto Jinji & Xingyuan Zhang & Shoji Haruna, 2013. "Do Regional Trade Agreements Enhance International Technology Spillovers?," Discussion papers e-12-010, Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University.

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    Keywords

    regional trade agreement; technology spillovers; patent citations; gravity model;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes

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