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Research and Productivity Growth Across Industries

Ngai, L. Rachel and Samaniego, Roberto M. (2008) Research and Productivity Growth Across Industries. L.Rachel Ngai and Roberto M. Samaniego, London, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

What factors underlie industry differences in research intensity and productivity growth? We develop a multisector growth model using standard parameters to capture the main factors considered in the empirical R&D and productivity growth literature. Along the balanced growth path, we find that the primary factor behind industry differences in productivity growth is the extent to which new knowledge builds upon prior knowledge. In contrast, R&D intensity also depends upon the relative importance of different sources of prior knowledge. Quantitatively, we find that the key factor behind industry differences in both productivity growth and R&D intensity is the extent to which new knowledge builds upon prior knowledge, regardless of the source.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Official URL: http://econ.lse.ac.uk/staff/rngai/index_own.html
Additional Information: © 2008 L. R. Ngai and R. M. Samaniego
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: D - Microeconomics > D2 - Production and Organizations > D24 - Production; Cost; Capital and Total Factor Productivity; Capacity
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O31 - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity > O41 - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Economics
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2008 09:55
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/4410/

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