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Are international technology gaps growing or shrinking in the age of globalization?

Kemeny, Thomas (2009) Are international technology gaps growing or shrinking in the age of globalization? Journal of Economic Geography, 11 (1). pp. 1-35. ISSN 1468-2702

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Identification Number: 10.1093/jeg/lbp062

Abstract

This article examines changing international technology gaps over the recent period of globalization, 1972–2001, using a novel measure of technology. It evaluates each economy's technology level based on the goods it exports, considering each product's average productivity and relative quality level. The analysis reveals a growing disparity between the most- and least-sophisticated economies and a lack of intradistributional mobility. Results are consistent with a view of globalization in which emergent specialization patterns in advanced economies allow them to maintain and even extend their lead over technological latecomers, even as some developing economies are climbing up the ladder.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://joeg.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > T Technology (General)
JEL classification: F - International Economics > F1 - Trade > F15 - Economic Integration
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O11 - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O57 - Comparative Studies of Countries
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2013 16:02
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 01:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/52756

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