The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Transfer of Technology

  • Wolfgang Keller
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This article discusses the transfer of technological knowledge with a focus on firms in different countries. The dominant form of such technology transfer is not market transactions at arm’s length but technological learning externalities. The article reviews the evidence for technological learning from importing, exporting, and foreign direct investment activities.


Asymmetric information Foreign direct investment Foreign direct investment spillovers Growth and international trade Innovation Learning externalities Productivity growth Research and development Technology spillovers Trade costs Transfer of technology 

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