Technology Capabilities and their Impact on Growth and Catching Up

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This series of workshops explores the major issues related to the technology upgrading of emerging and catching up economies. Ultimately, technology upgrading is the precondition to improved standards of living of emerging economies as well as to sustainable development and the greening of the world economy. In a series of five workshops, we discuss the state-of-the-art understanding of the issues around technology upgrading and economic catch-up. We explore country, sector and firm-level issues based on a variety of country experiences; we examine the issues of technology upgrading in the context of inclusive development and green growth as well as policy issues that these processes entail.

The background for individual workshops are contributions in the forthcoming Oxford University Press volume "The Challenges of Technology and Economic Catch-Up in Emerging Economies" edited by Jeong-Dong Lee (Seoul National University), Keun Lee (Seoul National University), Dirk Meissner (Higher School of Economics - NRU), Slavo Radosevic (University College London), and Nicholas Vonortas (George Washington University/University of Campinas).

Workshop #1: Technology Capabilities and their Impact on Growth and Catching Up

The workshop explores the role of technological capabilities and their impact on growth and economic catching up. Technological capabilities are conceptualised and measured as differentiated categories and different contributions explore their relations to economic performance measures, including their relationship to conventional productivity measures. What are the significant insights from analyses which open new avenues for exploring the link between technology upgrading and economic growth? The process of accumulation of technological capabilities is highly heterogeneous across firms and countries; it is both path dependent and non-linear. Further accumulation of technological capabilities is not automatic as countries and firms face new requirements. Thus 'capability transition failures' but also opportunities for 'leapfrogging' are to be expected. What are the implications of this new understanding of technology upgrading dynamics for research and policy?

Those are some of the questions we will be dealing with on November 4.

Presentation topics

  • “Capabilities, Competitiveness, Nations”
    • Jan Fagerberg (Professor at the Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo)
    • Martin Srholec (Deputy Director for Research, Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute)
  • “Technology Upgrading in Emerging Economies: A New Approach to its Measurement, Results, and Relationship to Mainstream Measures”
    • Randolph Luca Bruno (Associate Professor in Economics at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London)
    • Kirill Osaulenko (PhD Candidate at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London)
    • Slavo Radosevic (Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London)
  • “Middle Innovation Trap: Capability Transition Failure and Stalled Economic Growth” (JD Lee, C Baek, J Yeon)
    • Jeong-Dong Lee (Professor of Interdisciplinary Graduate Program on Technology Management, Economics and Policy and the Department of Industrial Engineering, Seoul National University)
    • Chulwoo Baek (Associate Professor at the Department of International Trade, Duksung Women's University)
    • Jung-In Yeon (PhD in Economics at the SNU Technology Management, Economics and Policy Program, Seoul National University)
  • “Economics of Technological Leapfrogging”
    • Keun Lee (Professor at the Department of Economics, Seoul National University)
  • “Innovation Surveys as Evidence of Technological Upgrading and Catch-Up Studies”
    • Vitaliy Roud (Deputy Head at the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge/Laboratory for Economics of Innovation, Higher School of Economics, National Research University)

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