Knowledge, Technological Catch-Up and Economic Growth: A Dynamic Panel Data Analysis For MENA and Latin America - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Knowledge, Technological Catch-Up and Economic Growth: A Dynamic Panel Data Analysis For MENA and Latin America

Fatma M. Utku-İsmihan

October, 2017


22 pages

O3. Technological Change, Research and Development, Intellectual Property Rights
O5. Economywide Country Studies
O4. Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity
O1. Economic Development

This paper aims to investigate the role of various knowledge indicators (human capital, research and development, information and communication technologies and trade) in the economic growth and catch-up performance of 17 Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries and 18 Latin American countries during the 1980-2014 period, by utilizing dynamic panel data techniques. The empirical results suggest a positive impact of knowledge indicators on the economic growth performances and that there is convergence to the common long-run equilibrium, in MENA and Latin American countries.


تهدف هذه الورقة إلى دراسة الدور المختلف لمؤشرات المعرفة (رأس المال البشري والبحث والتطوير وتكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات والتجارة) في النمو الاقتصادي والأداء المتراكم ل 17 بلدا في الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا و 18 أمريكا اللاتينية البلدان خلال الفترة 1980-2014، من خلال الاستفادة من تقنيات البيانات لوحة ديناميكية. وتشير النتائج التجريبية إلى التأثير الإيجابي لمؤشرات المعرفة على أداء النمو الاقتصادي، وأن هناك تقاربا للتوازن المشترك على المدى الطويل في بلدان الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا وأمريكا اللاتينية


Fatma M. Utku-İsmihan



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