Uneven Technological Development

Part of the Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation book series (ESTI, volume 9)


Until the early 1970s, it was commonly assumed that the open trading system would allow the rapid international diffusion of technology, both as easily transmissible information (e.g. blueprints and operating instructions), and embodied in machinery. As a consequence, the catching up of Western Europe and Japan to the levels of technology and efficiency of the world’s leading country (the USA) would be relatively smooth. The same opportunities for technical change and growth were in principle open to the so—called developing countries, but many of these were constrained by traditions and cultures that did not value highly material acquisitiveness: Catholics and Confucians, for example, were disadvantaged in this respect, compared to Protestants.


Large Firm Technical Change Technological Activity Patent Activity Japanese Firm 
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  1. 1.Science Policy Research UnitUniversity of SussexUK

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