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IE WP 01/03 Technology transfer and sustainable development in emerging economies


  • Javier Carrillo-Hermosilla

    (Instituto de Empresa Business School)

  • Pablo Chafla


This paper aims to show how the process of diffusion of 'clean technologies' confronts a variety of forces at the macro level that create systematic, technological and institutional barriers to their adoption. There is abundant literature on the role of technology transfer in the development of emerging economies, but this perspective is clearly new. What needs to be borne in mind is the possibility that the transferred dominant technology may be subject to a techno- institutional lock-in at its source that does not allow the diffusion of environmentally superior alternative technologies.

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  • Javier Carrillo-Hermosilla & Pablo Chafla, 2005. "IE WP 01/03 Technology transfer and sustainable development in emerging economies," Others 0509002, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpot:0509002
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    1. Blackman, Allen, 1999. "The Economics of Technology Diffusion: Implications for Climate Policy in Developing Countries," Discussion Papers dp-99-42, Resources For the Future.
    2. Christian Madu, 1999. "A Decision Support Framework for Environmental Planning in Developing Countries," Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(3), pages 287-313.
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    Developing economies; sustainable development; technology transfer; techno-institutional lock-in;

    JEL classification:

    • P - Economic Systems
    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Z - Other Special Topics


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