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Heterogeneous Technology Diffusion and Ricardian Trade Patterns

William Kerr ()

No 14-039, Harvard Business School Working Papers from Harvard Business School

Abstract: This study tests the importance of Ricardian technology differences for international trade. The empirical analysis has three comparative advantages: including emerging and advanced economies, isolating panel variation regarding the link between productivity and exports, and exploiting heterogeneous technology diffusion from immigrant communities in the United States for identification. The latter instruments are developed by combining panel variation on the development of new technologies across U.S. cities with historical settlement patterns for migrants from countries. The instrumented elasticity of export growth on the intensive margin with respect to the exporter's productivity growth is between 1.6 and 2.4 depending upon weighting.

Keywords: Trade; Exports; Comparative Advantage; Technological Transfer; Patents; Innovation; Research and Development; Immigration; Networks (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F11 F14 F15 F22 J44 J61 L14 O31 O33 O57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-his, nep-ino and nep-mig
Date: 2013-11
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