Innovation and Growth with Financial, and Other, Frictions

55 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2011 Last revised: 8 Nov 2018

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Jonathan Chiu

Bank of Canada

Césaire Assah Meh

Government of Canada - Department of Monetary and Financial Analysis

Randall Wright

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Finance, Investment and Banking; Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

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Date Written: October 2011

Abstract

The generation and implementation of ideas, or knowledge, is crucial for economic performance. We study this process in a model of endogenous growth with frictions. Productivity increases with knowledge, which advances via innovation, and with the exchange of ideas from those who generate them to those best able to implement them (technology transfer). But frictions in this market, including search, bargaining, and commitment problems, impede exchange and thus slow growth. We characterize optimal policies to subsidize research and trade in ideas, given both knowledge and search externalities. We discuss the roles of liquidity and financial institutions, and show two ways in which intermediation can enhance efficiency and innovation. First, intermediation allows us to finance more transactions with fewer assets. Second, it ameliorates certain bargaining problems, by allowing entrepreneurs to undo otherwise sunk investments in liquidity. We also discuss some evidence, suggesting that technology transfer is a significant source of innovation and showing how it is affected by credit considerations.

Suggested Citation

Chiu, Jonathan and Meh, Césaire Assah and Wright, Randall D., Innovation and Growth with Financial, and Other, Frictions (October 2011). NBER Working Paper No. w17512. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1944010

Jonathan Chiu

Bank of Canada ( email )

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Césaire Assah Meh

Government of Canada - Department of Monetary and Financial Analysis ( email )

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Canada
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Randall D. Wright

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Department of Finance, Investment and Banking ( email )

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Madison, WI 53706
United States
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Federal Reserve Banks - Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

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United States

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