Trade-Induced Learning and Industrial Catch-Up

38 Pages Posted: 20 Jul 2010

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Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government


This article develops a model of trade-induced learning whereby both domestic and cross-border learning externalities could drive long-run growth. This framework is used to synthesise the emerging empirical evidence, revealing how trade-induced learning could underpin the mechanics behind trade and growth in at least three important ways: first, trading matters, as firms might be able to increase their productivity due to export and import linkages with buyers and suppliers; second, whom you trade with matters, as richer and more technologically advanced trading partners offer more scope for trade-induced learning; and third, what products you trade matters.

Suggested Citation

Mendoza, Ronald U., Trade-Induced Learning and Industrial Catch-Up. The Economic Journal, Vol. 120, No. 546, pp. F313-F350, August 2010. Available at SSRN: or

Ronald U. Mendoza (Contact Author)

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

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