Technological Change and the Wealth of Nations

Posted: 4 Jun 2010

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Gino Gancia

Queen Mary University of London; Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional (CREI)

Fabrizio Zilibotti

Yale University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: January 2009

Abstract

We discuss a unified theory of directed technological change and technology adoption that can shed light on the causes of persistent productivity differences across countries. In our model, new technologies are designed in advanced countries and diffuse endogenously to less developed countries. Our framework is rich enough to highlight three broad reasons for productivity differences: inappropriate technologies, policy-induced barriers to technology adoption, and within-country misallocations across sectors due to policy distortions. We also discuss the effects of two aspects of globalization, trade in goods and migration, on the wealth of nations through their impact on the direction of technical progress. By doing so, we illustrate some of the equalizing and unequalizing forces of globalization.

Suggested Citation

Gancia, Gino and Zilibotti, Fabrizio, Technological Change and the Wealth of Nations (January 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1594493 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev.economics.050708.143333

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Fabrizio Zilibotti

Yale University ( email )

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