Patterns of inter-sectoral diffusion of technological growth: income, concentration, and public capital stocks

Pieper, Ute (2002). Patterns of inter-sectoral diffusion of technological growth: income, concentration, and public capital stocks. UNU-MERIT Research Memoranda. UNU-MERIT.

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    Author Pieper, Ute
    Title Patterns of inter-sectoral diffusion of technological growth: income, concentration, and public capital stocks
    Series Title UNU-MERIT Research Memoranda
    Volume/Issue No. 10
    Publication Date 2002
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Language eng
    Abstract This paper investigates the existence and character of technological growth diffusion in form of learning spillovers at the sector level of the economy. Based on panel data for 47 countries during the postwar period the evidence suggests robust statistical regularities of inter-sectoral learning resulting from a changing structure of demand. The findings further show differences in the magnitude of productivity spillovers across sectors. In particular, the patterns reveal a distinctive role for upstream production activities esp. manufacturing as a source of diffusion. When the technological growth potential of sectors in low-income economies is compared to high-income countries the empirical evidence does not show a tendency for catching up to occur. However, higher potential for inter-sectoral diffusion of technological growth is associated with (i) low income concentration, and (ii) high public (human and physical) capital stocks.
    Copyright Year 2002
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