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Growth and Public Support to Research and Imitation: The International Connection

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This paper studies technology policy within the context of an R&D-based growth model. We first use cross-country data to document several empirical regularities regarding the relationship between public support to research and imitating, and relative income levels. We then construct a model in which the possibilibty of copying foreing ideas through a technology that exhibits diminishing imitation opportunities is sufficient to account for the observed average patterns. We also find that policy intervention can produce important welfare benefits; capital accumulation subsidies show a slightly larger contribution to the welfare improvement than R&D support.

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  • Fidel PÈrez Sebasti·n, 1999. "Growth and Public Support to Research and Imitation: The International Connection," Documentos de Trabajo - Lan Gaiak Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra 9907, Departamento de Economía - Universidad Pública de Navarra.
  • Handle: RePEc:nav:ecupna:9907
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    research; imitation; policy; growthl; transitional dynamics.;

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    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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