International Technological Spillovers and Economic Growth. The Italian Case

CRENOS Working Paper No. 98-6

23 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 1999

Date Written: December 1998


This study moves along the recent research path started by Coe and Helpman (1995) which aims at unraveling the mechanics of spillovers in the economic growth of nations. Unlike many previous studies, which are mainly cross-sectional, our analysis focuses on the experience of Italy. The time-series analysis 1963-1995 shows that the Italian economic growth has been critically influenced by external technology funneled by imports of investment goods. Moreover, empirical evidence suggests that Italian growth has been and still is more related to external rather than internal spillovers; moreover, the extent of external spillovers has shown some relevant changes throughout the years: aggregate (but not industrial) spillovers have slowed down since the eighties.

JEL Classification: E23, F15, O33, O52

Suggested Citation

Marchionatti, Roberto and Usai, Stefano, International Technological Spillovers and Economic Growth. The Italian Case (December 1998). CRENOS Working Paper No. 98-6, Available at SSRN: or

Roberto Marchionatti

University of Torino ( email )

via Po 53
10124 Torino
39-11-670-2704 (Phone)
39-11-670-2762 (Fax)

Stefano Usai (Contact Author)

Universita di Cagliari ( email )

Cagliari, 09124

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