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Theory and empirics of capability accumulation: Implications for macroeconomic modeling

Matthias Aistleitner, Claudius Gräbner and Anna Hornykewycz

Research Policy, 2021, vol. 50, issue 6

Abstract: The accumulation of new technological capabilities is of high empirical relevance, both for the development of countries and the business success of firms. This paper aims to delineate strategies for the consideration of processes of capability accumulation in comprehensive macroeconomic models. It comprises a methodological discussion about the preconditions for macroeconomic models to consider insights from the applied business literature, as well as an extensive review of the literature specialized on capability accumulation on the firm and aggregated level. In doing so, it summarizes evidence on various determinants and mechanisms of capability accumulation and aligns them with the current representation of capability accumulation in macroeconomic models. Based on these results, it offers some suggestions on how macroeconomists may integrate these determinants derived from the specialized literature into their models.

Keywords: Capability accumulation; Complexity; Economic development; Innovation; Technological change; Agent-based modeling; Endogenous growth; Knowledge accumulation and learning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B41 B52 D2 M2 O3 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2021.104258

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