Productivity Growth, Human Capital, and Technology Spillovers: Nonparametric Evidence for EU Regions

18 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2013

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Harald Badinger

Vienna University of Economics and Business

Peter H. Egger

Ifo Institute for Economic Research - International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment; ETH Zürich; Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Maximilian von Ehrlich

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) - Center for Economic Studies (CES)

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Date Written: April 2013

Abstract

This paper assesses the strength of productivity spillovers non-parametrically in a data-set of 12 industries and 231 NUTS2 regions in 17 European Union member countries between 1992 and 2006. It devotes particular attention to measuring catching up through spillovers depending on the technology gap of a unit to the industry leader and the local human capital endowment. We find evidence of a non-monotonic relationship between the technology gap to the leader as well as human capital and growth. Spillovers are strongest for units with a small technology gap to the leader and with abundant human capital.

Keywords: Absorptive capacity, Nonparametric estimation, Technology spillovers, Total factor productivity

JEL Classification: C14, N10, N14, O33, O47, R11

Suggested Citation

Badinger, Harald and Egger, Peter H. and von Ehrlich, Maximilian, Productivity Growth, Human Capital, and Technology Spillovers: Nonparametric Evidence for EU Regions (April 2013). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9425, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2251706

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