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Technology Transfer and National Efficiency: Does Absorptive Capacity Matter?

Michael Danquah (), Bazoumana Ouattara and Peter Quartey ()

African Development Review, 2018, vol. 30, issue 2, 162-174

Abstract: This paper explores the moderating effects of absorptive capacity on the role of technology transfer in explaining cross‐country differences in national efficiency. We used data from 18 sub‐Saharan Africa countries over the period 1970–2010 and adopted a stochastic frontier approach. The empirical results show that the coefficients of the interaction terms for measures of technology transfer (trade and machinery imports) and absorptive capacity (relative R&D) are negative and statistically significant. This suggests that absorptive capacity positively influences the degree to which technology transfer affects the efficiency of countries in sub‐Saharan Africa.

Date: 2018
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