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Policy, Technology Adoption, and Growth

William Easterly, Robert King, Ross Levine, Sergio Rebelo

NBER Working Paper No. 4681
Issued in March 1994
NBER Program(s):   EFG

This paper describes a simple model of technology adoption which combines the two engines of growth emphasized in the recent growth literature: human capital accumulation and technological progress. Our model economy does not create new technologies, it simply adopts those that have been created elsewhere. The accumulation of human capital is closely tied to this adoption process: accumulating human capital simply means learning how to incorporate a new intermediate good into the production process. Since the adoption costs are proportional to the labor force, the model does not display the counterfactual scale effects that are standard in models with endogenous technical progress. We show that our model is compatible with various standard results on the effects of economic policy on the rate of growth.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w4681

Published: Economic Growth and the Structure of Long Term Development, Luigi L. Pasinetti and Robert M. Solow, eds. St. Martin's Press, 1994.

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