Technology, Industrial Development and Economic Growth in Developing Countries

Szirmai, A. (Adam)

This course focuses on the empirical analysis of technological progress, industrial development and economic growth in developing countries. The aim is to analyse the position of developing countries in the global economy, with regard to technology, industrial development and overall economic development. Thus, it brings into discussion some critical issues such as international diffusion of technology, technology gaps, absorptive capacities, catching up and leapfrogging and the role of multinational corporations as actors in developing country innovation systems. The course opens with two sessions on long run-trends in economic development and industrialization as a (potential) engine of growth and the emergence of manufacturing in developing countries since 1950. This is followed by two sessions focusing on the measurement and analysis of productivity and technological change in manufacturing. We proceed with a session on country case studies of industrial development and sessions devoted to topics such as absorptive capacities, technological capabilities and the role of multinational companies in promoting or hindering international technology transfer to developing countries.

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United Nations University

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