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Cross-country technology diffusion: the case of computers

Caselli, Francesco and Coleman II, Wilbur John (2001) Cross-country technology diffusion: the case of computers. 2744. Centre for Economic Policy Research, London, UK.

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Abstract

We use data on imports of computer equipment for a large sample of countries between 1970 and 1990 to investigate the determinants of computer technology adoption. We find strong evidence that computer adoption is associated with higher levels of human capital and with manufacturing trade openness vis-à-vis the OECD. We also find evidence that computer adoption is enhanced by high investment rates, good property rights protection, and a small share of agriculture in GDP. Finally, there is some evidence that adoption is reduced by a large share of government in GDP, and increased by a large share of manufacturing. After controlling for the above mentioned variables, we do not find an independent role for the English (or European) language skills of the population.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.cepr.org
Additional Information: © 2001 Francesco Caselli and Wilbur John Coleman II
Library of Congress subject classification: T Technology > T Technology (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E1 - General Aggregative Models > E10 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity > O40 - General
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O30 - General
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
Identification Number: 2744
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2008 11:17
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/5275/

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