45 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2013
Date Written: November 14, 2013
This study tests the importance of Ricardian technology differences for international trade. The empirical analysis has three comparative advantages: including emerging and advanced economies, isolating panel variation regarding the link between productivity and exports, and exploiting heterogeneous technology diffusion from immigrant communities in the United States for identification. The latter instruments are developed by combining panel variation on the development of new technologies across U.S. cities with historical settlement patterns for migrants from countries. The instrumented elasticity of export growth on the intensive margin with respect to the exporter’s productivity growth is between 1.6 and 2.4 depending upon weighting.
Keywords: Trade, Exports, Comparative Advantage, Technological Transfer, Patents, Innovation, Research and Development, Immigration, Networks
JEL Classification: F11, F14, F15, F22, J44, J61, L14, O31, O33, O57
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Kerr, William R., Heterogeneous Technology Diffusion and Ricardian Trade Patterns (November 14, 2013). Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 14-039. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2354388 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2354388