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Trade in Ideas: Patenting and Productivity in the OECD

Jonathan Eaton, Samuel Kortum

NBER Working Paper No. 5049 (Also Reprint No. r2119)
Issued in March 1995
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We develop and estimate a model of technological innovation and its contribution to growth at home and abroad. International patents indicate where innovations come from and where they are used. Countries grow at a common steady-state rate. A country's relative productivity depends upon its capacity to absorb technology. We estimate that, except for the United States, OECD countries derive almost all of their productivity growth from abroad.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5049

Published: Journal of International Economics, vol. 40, no. 3/4, May 1996, pp. 251-278 citation courtesy of

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