Catching Up in the 21st Century: Globalization, Knowledge and Capabilities in Latin America, a Case for Natural Resource Based Activities

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In this chapter, we reassess the nature of the catching up processes of developing countries, which has, in our view, changed substantially at both global and local level over the last decade. Catching up today can no longer be disentangled from the rapid internationalization of science and technology and the globalization of innovation, following the emergence of new digital information and communication technologies (ICTs) at the end of the last century. Those technologies have radically broadened the scope for international research collaboration and the international exchange of ideas. The importance of the new global communication opportunities on the one hand, and of digital access on the other, for traditional science and technology activities of researchers worldwide cannot be easily overestimated.


Natural Resource Absorptive Capacity Knowledge Creation Commodity Price Technological Capability 
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