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Localized Innovation and Productivity Growth in Asia: An Intertemporal DEA Approach

Marcel Timmer and Bart Los

Journal of Productivity Analysis, 2005, vol. 23, issue 1, 47-64

Abstract: Recent contributions to growth theory stress the importance of localized innovation for the performance of more backward countries. In earlier papers, analyses by means of DEA techniques confirmed this intuition. In this paper, we extend this type of analysis by relaxing the macroeconomic viewpoint adopted until now. New databases on output, labor and capital input in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors are developed for 40 countries. Using intertemporal DEA, it is found that changes in the global production frontier are localized at high levels of capital intensity. This result is stronger in agriculture than in manufacturing. Further, a decomposition of labor productivity growth in eight Asian countries for the period 1975–1992 into the effects of capital intensification, learning and innovation is made. The results suggest that there is a particular development path in which increases in capital intensity appear to be a prerequisite to benefit from international technology spillovers. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Keywords: economic growth; productivity; technological change; data envelopment analysis; asia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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