Creating the Capacity to Benefit from Technological Change in Developing Countries

Wamae, Watu (2006). Creating the Capacity to Benefit from Technological Change in Developing Countries. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Wamae, Watu
    Title Creating the Capacity to Benefit from Technological Change in Developing Countries
    Publication Date 2006
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract What really makes an economy competitive? This paper reviews and discusses how the capacity to generate, exploit and diffuse new knowledge is key in enabling countries to capitalise on challenges brought about by rapid technology-driven transformations rather than succumb to their adverse effects. In particular, we look at the importance of new knowledge emanating from both domestic and foreign sources in the innovation process in view of the contention that "international technology transfer" is critical for growth in developing countries. We find that there is a tight link between high rates of technology acquisition and high investment ratios, and that the absorptive capacity is a sine qua non of foreign technology benefits.
    Keyword Absorptive capacity
    Knowledge
    Developing countries
    Systems of innovation
    JEL C49
    O11
    O38
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2006
    ISSN 1871-9872
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