Why Doesn't Technology Flow from Rich to Poor Countries?
FRB of St. Louis Working Paper No. 2012-040A
Posted: 18 Oct 2012
Date Written: October 18, 2012
What determines the technology that a country adopts? While there could be many factors, the efficiency of the country’s financial system may play a significant role. To address this question, a dynamic contract model is embedded into a general equilibrium setting with competitive intermediation. The ability of an intermediary to monitor and control the cash flows of a firm plays an important role in a firm’s decision to adopt a technology. Can such a theory help to explain the differences in total factor productivity and establishment-size distributions across India, Mexico, and the U.S.? Applied analysis suggests that answer is yes.
Keywords: costly cash-flow control, costly state verification, dynamic contract theory, economic development, establishment-size distributions, financial intermediation, India, Mexico, and the U.S., monitoring, productivity, technology adoption, underwriting, ventures
JEL Classification: E13, O11, O16
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