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The Effect of Regional Trade Agreements on Technology Spillovers through International Trade

Naoto Jinji (), Xingyuan Zhang and Shoji Haruna

Discussion papers from Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University

Abstract: We investigate empirically how regional integration affects technology spillovers among trade partners. We measure the extent of technology spillovers by using patent citation data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Our main finding, from employing the gravity model, is that technology spillovers between trade partners are higher if these countries are signatories to the same regional free trade agreement. This suggests that regional integration has a positive effect on technology spillovers. Another finding is that the GATT/WTO has a positive effect on technology spillovers among member countries.

Keywords: regional trade agreement; technology spillovers; patent citations; gravity model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F15 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2012-02
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