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Title: Technology and inequality
Authors: Scaramozzino, Pasquale
Gerosa, Stefano
Keywords: world income distribution
knowledge spillovers
productivity differences
technological change
growth theory
capital-skill complementarity
elasticity of substitution
barriers to capital accumulation
Issue Date: 14-Jul-2009
Abstract: This thesis is composed by three studies, whose common goal is advancing our knowledge of the properties of cross-country production technologies In the first part we focus on across-country inequality, tackling the issue of cross-country dispersion of incomes. The objective of growth theory is that of explaining the observed shape of the world income distribution (WID) and to eventually predict its future evolution. The existence of large cross-country productivity differences, measured by the residual dispersion of incomes left unexplained by the dispersion of observable quantities (physical and human capital), calls for the rejection of the hypothesis of a common world technology. We introduce a novel specification of the technology index, linking productivity to cross-country knowledge spillovers, that is empirically testable and has the potential to account for the observed pattern of productivity differences. We investigate two possible knowledge spillovers structures in a dynam...
Description: 19.ciclo
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2108/924
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