Industrial Development and the Convergence Question

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Marvin Goodfriend

Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

John McDermott

University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics

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Date Written: December 1, 1998

Abstract

The paper studies endogenous world balanced growth equilibria in which national learning productivity differentials govern relative per capita products. Learning productivities depend on the national share of world specialized-goods production, national and world scale, and familiarity with the foreign economy. Familiarity indexes the extent to which imported specialized goods enhance learning productivity. We find that mutual familiarization causes per capita products to converge. Unfamiliar economies diverge substantially and persistently. Unilateral familiarization of a less-developed country (LDC) with the leading economy causes the LDC to catch up to, and even overtake, the leader.

Keywords: Growth, convergence, trade, technology, familiarity, human capital

JEL Classification: F12, F43, N1, O11

Suggested Citation

Goodfriend, Marvin and McDermott, John H., Industrial Development and the Convergence Question (December 1, 1998). FRB Richmond Working Paper No. 99-1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2180932 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2180932

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