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Path dependence, endogenous innovation and growth

Redding, Stephen (1999) Path dependence, endogenous innovation and growth. 424. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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We consider a macroeconomic model of endogenous innovation and growth, in which technological progress is path dependent and technological lock-in may occur. These features of technological change are emphasised in the historical and microeconomic literatures, and are formalised here using a distinction between fundamental and secondary knowledge. Secondary knowledge spills over imperfectly across fundamental technologies, and the historical path of technological development is a central determinant of endogenous rates of technological change. Economic growth depends on the extent of secondary knowledge accumulation, and leapfrogging in cross-country levels of income per capita may occur

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 1999 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
T Technology > T Technology (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Economics
Identification Number: 424
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2008 12:00

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