Cross-country catch-up in the manufacturing sector: Impacts of heterogeneity on convergence and technology adoption

Patrik T. Hultberg, M. Ishaq Nadiri, Robin C. Sickles

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    Abstract

    We analyze how technology transfer from a leading economy affects followers' productivity growth in manufacturing sectors and Gross Domestic Product. Allowing for heterogeneous technology levels we explore how this impacts rates of catch-up in labor productivity across manufacturing sectors and GDP for 16 OECD nations. Our results indicate that aggregate studies bias downward the estimated rates of catch-up. These rates of catchup, as well as efficiency levels, also differ across countries. We find that institutional factors such as bureaucratic efficiency are important determinants of the estimated catch-up rates.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)753-768
    Number of pages16
    JournalEmpirical Economics
    Volume29
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 2004

    Keywords

    • Convergence and catch-up in best-practice technologies
    • International comparisons
    • Panel data methods

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Statistics and Probability
    • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Economics and Econometrics

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