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An Empirical Contribution to Knowledge Production and Economic Growth You or your institution have access to this content

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Kul B. Luintel1, Mosahid Khan2
Author Affiliations
  • 1: University of Wales, United Kingdom

  • 2: OECD, France

14 Dec 2005
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We examine the dynamics of knowledge production for a panel of 19 OECD countries. A new and unique data set is used to proxy the domestic flows of "new-to-the-world" knowledge and ideas. We rigorously address the cross-country heterogeneity in the production of knowledge and the endogeneous nature of this process. The parameters of the knowledge production function point to large cross-country differences. Domestic and foreign stocks of knowledge and ideas have a net positive effect on the production (flows) of new ideas. Countries with a low domestic knowledge base appear to improve their TFP considerably through the accumulation of knowledge. This effect is very modest for countries that already have a sizeable domestic knowledge base. We find ample evidence of duplicate R&D but no support for endogenous growth. Given the heterogeneous nature of knowledge production across OECD countries, R&D policy will need to be adapted to the specific nature of each country; a one-size-fits-all approach will not be effective.
dynamic heterogeneity, knowledge stocks, methods of moments
JEL Classification:
  • C15: Mathematical and Quantitative Methods / Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General / Statistical Simulation Methods: General
  • F02: International Economics / General / International Economic Order and Integration
  • F12: International Economics / Trade / Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
  • O3: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
  • O4: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity