International Technology Spillovers and Growth Over the Past 142 Years: The Role of Genetic Proximity

31 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2018

Date Written: April 2018

Abstract

This paper suggests genetic proximity, in addition to geographic proximity and imports, as a factor facilitating international knowledge transmission, where knowledge is measured as the stock of knowledge as well as research intensity to allow for the possibility that international knowledge spillovers have permanent productivity growth effects. Using data for 31 countries with diverse development paths over the period 1870–2011, the results show that genetic proximity and imports are important in facilitating knowledge transmission, and that knowledge spillovers have permanent growth effects.

Suggested Citation

Madsen, Jakob and Farhadi, Minoo, International Technology Spillovers and Growth Over the Past 142 Years: The Role of Genetic Proximity (April 2018). Economica, Vol. 85, Issue 338, pp. 329-359, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3133418 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecca.12202

Jakob Madsen (Contact Author)

Monash University ( email )

23 Innovation Walk
Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

Minoo Farhadi

Monash University

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