International Technology Diffusion

61 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2002

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Wolfgang Keller

University of Colorado; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: January 2002

Abstract

I discuss the concept and empirical importance of international technology diffusion from the point of view of recent work on endogenous technological change. In this literature, technology is viewed as technological knowledge. I first review major concepts and discuss the relation of international technology diffusion with other mechanisms of economic growth in open economies. The main section of the Paper provides a review of recent empirical results on (i) basic results in international technology diffusion; (ii) the importance of specific channels of diffusion, in particular trade and foreign direct investment; (iii) the spatial distribution of technological knowledge and (iv) other issues.

Keywords: Convergence, divergence, foreign direct investment, disembodied technology, embodied technology, spillovers, learning externalities, spatial productivity effects, knowledge globalization

JEL Classification: F00, F10, O30

Suggested Citation

Keller, Wolfgang, International Technology Diffusion (January 2002). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3133. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=298272

Wolfgang Keller (Contact Author)

University of Colorado ( email )

Department of Economics
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Boulder, CO 80309
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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