Technological convergence, R&D, trade and productivity growth

Gavin Cameron, James Proudman, Stephen Redding

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This paper analyses productivity growth in a panel of 14 United Kingdom manufacturing industries since 1970. Innovation and technology transfer provide two potential sources of productivity growth for a country behind the technological frontier. We examine the roles played by research and development (R&D), international trade, and human capital in stimulating each source of productivity growth. Technology transfer is statistically significant and quantitatively important. While R&D raises rates of innovation, international trade enhances the speed of technology transfer. Human capital primarily affects output through private rates of return (captured in our index of labour quality) rather than measured TFP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)775-807
Number of pages33
JournalEuropean Economic Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


  • Economic growth
  • International trade
  • Research and development (R&D)
  • Total factor productivity (TFP)


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