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Innovation, Catching-Up and Growth


  • Jan Fagerberg

    (Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo)


Most analyses of international differences in productivity growth present data for OECD countries only. Although defendable from a data-quality point of view, this implies that some important industrial countries that have grown fast in recent years are excluded from the analysis. To avoid this outcome the present study includes the most important NICs as well. Various indicators of economic and technological development and trends for the countries included in the analysis are presented. It is shown that although some convergence takes place, there are diverging factors at work as well. The formal model discussed above is then estimated on pooled time-series cross-country data for the period 1960-1985, and the consequences for analyses of international productivity differences and the slow-down in productivity growth in the 1970s are discussed.

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  • Jan Fagerberg, 1989. "Innovation, Catching-Up and Growth," Working Papers Archives 1989137, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo.
  • Handle: RePEc:tik:wparch:1989137
    Note: Originally published as NUPI report no.137, December 1989

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    5. Guennif, Samira & Ramani, Shyama V., 2012. "Explaining divergence in catching-up in pharma between India and Brazil using the NSI framework," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 41(2), pages 430-441.
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