Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170827
Authors: 
Schiff, Maurice W.
Wang, Yanling
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10843
Abstract: 
This paper examines the impact of education, trade, governance and distance on technology diffusion and TFP in Latin America – specifically South America and Mexico (SAM) – and East Asia, over the 32 years preceding the Great Recession (1976–2007). Findings are: i) TFP rises with education, trade, governance (ETG) and trade's R&D content, and falls with distance to the (closest) North; ii) the East Asia – SAM education gap's impact equals that of trade plus governance; iii) an increase in SAM's ETG to East Asia's level raises TFP by over 100 percent and fully accounts for its TFP gap with East Asia; and iv) South America's TFP loss relative to Mexico due to its greater distance to 'US–Canada' (Europe and Japan) is 9.30 (0.02) percent.
Subjects: 
East Asia and LAC
technology diffusion
productivity
education
trade
governance
distance
JEL: 
F22
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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