Trade in Ideas: Patenting and Productivity in the OECD

Posted: 10 Oct 1998

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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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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.

JEL Classification: F43, O14, O31, O34, O40

Suggested Citation

Eaton, Jonathan and Kortum, Samuel S., Trade in Ideas: Patenting and Productivity in the OECD. FEDS Paper Number 95-9. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=6419

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