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Capabilities, Economic Development, Sustainability

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  • Jan Fagerberg

    (IKE, Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University; Center for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), University of Oslo; Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University)

  • Martin Srholec

    (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE), Lund University; CERGE-EI, Economics Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic)

Abstract

The capability concept is commonly used in analyses of firms, however, as this paper shows, it may also be used at the level of nations. Factor analysis is used on a broad set of relevant indicators to derive composite measures of national technological and social capabilities. The data covers 114 countries worldwide on different levels of development for the period 1995-2013. The paper then analyzes the relationships between these capability measures and economic development, defined in various ways, and controlling for other relevant factors. The results suggest that improving national technological and social capability is a must for achieving (sustainable) economic development and improving living conditions.

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  • Jan Fagerberg & Martin Srholec, 2020. "Capabilities, Economic Development, Sustainability," Working Papers Archives 2020001, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo.
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