Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/162593
Authors: 
Lindner, Ines
Strulik, Holger
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
cege Discussion Papers 313
Abstract: 
We present a multi-country theory of economic growth and R&Ddriven technological progress in which countries are connected by a network of knowledge exchange. Technological progress in any country depends on the state of technology in the countries it exchanges knowledge with. The diffusion of knowledge throughout the world explains a period of increasing world inequality after the take-off of the forerunners of the industrial revolution, followed by decreasing relative inequality. Knowledge diffusion through a Small World network produces an extraordinary diversity of country growth performances, including the overtaking of individual countries and the replacement of the technologically leading country in the course of world development.
Subjects: 
networks
knowledge diffusion
economic growth
world income distribution
JEL: 
O10
O40
D85
F43
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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