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Technology, Growth and Competitiveness

Selected Essays Jan Fagerberg, Professor, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), University of Oslo, Norway
This outstanding collection charts the work of Jan Fagerberg on the relationship between technology, growth and international competitiveness. With an original introduction and a mix of previously published and unpublished material, the book covers all the main issues including: the technology gap and differences of growth and welfare; structural factors in the growth of exports and production, and the relationship between growth of GDP and trade performance. The final chapter presents a comprehensive overview of the theoretical and applied work on technology and competitiveness.
Extent: 320 pp
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Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 978 1 84064 859 1
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Technology and ICT
This outstanding collection charts the work of Jan Fagerberg on the relationship between technology, growth and international competitiveness. With an original introduction and a mix of previously published and unpublished material, the book covers all the main issues including: the technology gap and differences of growth and welfare; structural factors in the growth of exports and production, and the relationship between growth of GDP and trade performance. The final chapter presents a comprehensive overview of the theoretical and applied work on technology and competitiveness.
‘Students and researchers who do not know much about Neo-Schumpeterian macroeconomics should read this book. It offers quick and easy access to well-respected empirical articles in this area and to some policy-oriented articles of interest especially to researchers oriented towards technology policy in smaller, open economies. Researchers who are already quite familiar with this type of work should do three things. First, they should advise their students to read this volume. Second, they should borrow this book from these students to read the introduction, and third, they should closely monitor future work by Jan Fagerberg.’
– Bart Los, Journal of Evolutionary Economics

‘A brilliant, articulate and eminently readable collection of essays by one of Norway’s leading economists.’
– Angus Maddison, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

‘For over 20 years, Jan Fagerberg has been one of the most authoritative and also one of the most original writers on the theory of economic growth. He combines a deep grounding in classical growth theory with a thorough critical understanding of the quantitative techniques used in many contemporary and recent growth models. His own approach is characterised by breadth of historical analysis as well as quantitative empirical rigour. This is a rare combination and these essays deserve to be very widely read and discussed.’
– Christopher Freeman, SPRU – Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex, UK and Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Contents: Introduction Part I: Technology and Growth 1. A Technology Gap Approach to Why Growth Rates Differ 2. ‘Modern Capitalism’ in the 1970s and 1980s 3. East Asian Growth: A Critical Assessment 4. Heading for Divergence? Regional Growth in Europe Reconsidered 5. Technology, Growth and Unemployment across European Regions 6. Vision and Fact: A Critical Essay on the Growth Literature Part II: Technology, Trade and Structural Change 7. Structural Changes in International Trade: Who Gains, Who Loses? 8. The Method of Constant Market Shares Analysis Reconsidered 9. Diffusion, Structural Change and Intra-Regional Trade: The Case of Nordic Countries 1961–1983 10. Small Open Economies in the World Market for Electronics: The Case of the Nordic Countries 11. Europe at the Crossroads: The Challenge from Innovation-Based Growth Part III: Technology and Competitiveness 12. International Competitiveness 13. User–Producer Interaction, Learning and Comparative Advantage 14. Is There a Large-Country Advantage in High-Tech? 15. Competitiveness, Scale and R&D 16. Technology and Competitiveness Appendix Index