The impact of foreign R&D on total factor productivity in the East Asian manufacturing industry

Hailin Liao, Xiaohui Liu, Mark Holmes, Tom Weyman-Jones

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Abstract

Applying a stochastic production frontier we examine the extent to which industrial countries' R&D contributes to East Asian economies' total factor productivity (TFP) growth in manufacturing sectors, via foreign trade as the channel for technological spillovers, based on a sample of nine manufacturing sectors for eight East Asian economies from 1973 to 1998. Our findings provide evidence that foreign R&D spillovers through imports are the main determinant of these economies' TFP growth, with output elasticity standing at an average of 0.09, consistent with many earlier studies. Both technological progress and efficiency gains are found to be key factors for sustainable economic growth in this region.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-270
Number of pages27
JournalManchester School
Volume77
Issue number2
Early online date17 Feb 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics

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