Trade in Ideas: Patenting and Productivity in the OECD

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Jonathan Eaton

Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Samuel S. Kortum

University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: March 1995

Abstract

We develop and estimate a model of technological innovation and its contribution to growth at home and abroad. International patents indicate where innovations come from and where they are used. Countries grow at a common steady-state rate. A country's relative productivity depends upon its capacity to absorb technology. We estimate that, except for the United States, OECD countries derive almost all of their productivity growth from abroad.

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Eaton, Jonathan and Kortum, Samuel S., Trade in Ideas: Patenting and Productivity in the OECD (March 1995). NBER Working Paper No. w5049. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=225828

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