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Ideas driven growth: the OECD evidence

  • Argentino Pessoa

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    (Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto)

This paper estimates the parameters of the ideas production function crucial to recent ideas-driven growth models. Using U. S. patents granted to residents in OECD countries in order to construct the stock of commercially used ideas, we provide evidence for two main findings. First, at the level of the production of ideas, we find evidence of increasing returns to scale in the stock of ideas and number of researchers, but marginal decreasing returns in each one of these factors. Second, we provide evidence of the association between ideas growth and economic growth, for the OECD as a whole, in the long run.

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Paper provided by Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto in its series FEP Working Papers with number 136.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2003
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Handle: RePEc:por:fepwps:136
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