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Public Policy, Innovation and Economic Growth: An Economic and Technological Perspective on Pakistan’s Telecom Industry

Musleh Ud Din (), Inayat Ullah Mangla () and Muhammad Jamil ()
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Musleh Ud Din: Professor of economics, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad
Inayat Ullah Mangla: Professor of finance, Haworth College of Business at Western Michigan University; visiting professor of finance, Lahore School of Economics.
Muhammad Jamil: Independent researcher

Lahore Journal of Economics, 2016, vol. 21, issue Special Edition, pages 369-391

Abstract: At a time of rapid technological advancements in every field, Pakistan must develop a comprehensive strategy for harnessing science and technology to promote economic growth on a sustained basis. In recent decades, successful economies have moved away from factor accumulation models of economic growth to productivity led growth that is underpinned by technological advancements and innovations. Using the endogenous growth theory as a framework of analysis, the paper will provide a macroeconomic perspective on the importance of technology and innovation for sustainable economic growth. We argue that public policy must be geared to generate robust growth by encouraging investment in research and development (R&D) and human capital. The paper will conceptualize the role of technology in the process of economic growth and identify policy areas that can be instrumental in promoting technological modernization and innovations.

Keywords: Policy; innovation; economic growth; technology; telecom; Pakistan. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O14 O32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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