Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/119617
Authors: 
Desdoigts, Alain
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 8.2002
Abstract: 
New macro empirical evidence is provided to assess the relative importance of object and idea gaps in explaining the world income distribution dynamics over a benchmark period 1960-1985. Results are then extended through 1995. Formal statistical hypothesis tests allow us to discriminate between two competing growth models: (i) the standard neoclassical growth model similar to that employed by Mankiw, Romer, and Weil (1992), (ii) a Schumpeterian endogenous growth model closely related to the Nelson and Phelps' approach (1966) that emphasizes the importance of technology transfer in addition to factors accumulation as an opportunity to catch up. First, the latter can hardly be rejected and reveals itself to be a reliable either alternative or complementary model depending on the sample under study. Second, taking into consideration the impact of the technological catch-up phenomenon allows us to better capture and locally fit the pattern of income distribution dynamics that took place over the period.
Subjects: 
Schumpeterian growth
neoclassical convergence
technological catch-up
and income dynamics
JEL: 
C12
C14
C21
O33
O40
O5
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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