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Technology transfer through imports

Ram C. Acharya and Wolfgang Keller ()

Canadian Journal of Economics, 2009, vol. 42, issue 4, 1411-1448

Abstract: We study international technology transfer through R&D spillovers in sixteen countries' manufacturing industries since the early 1970s. The analysis shows that the productivity impact of international technology transfer often exceeds that of domestic technological change, more so in high-technology industries. Moreover, technology transfer is found to be strongly varying across country-pairs and tends to decline in geographic distance, pointing to goods trade as the transfer channel. We directly evaluate this hypothesis, and results suggest that trade is crucial for technology transfer from Germany, France, and the UK, while for the US, Japan, and Canada non-trade channels are more important.

JEL-codes: F2 O3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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