Does Trade and Technology Transmission Facilitate Inequality Convergence? An Inquiry into the Role of Technology in Reducing the Poverty of Nations

Author/Editor:

Gouranga Gopal Das

Publication Date:

January 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Based on stylized evidence showing variation of the Gini coefficient of income inequality across skill cohorts and on the rapid rise in trade in technology-intensive goods, the ripple effects of technology transmission and income inequality are explored in a global Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) framework. An exogenous technology shock transmitted via trade from the United States induces productivity growth in developing regions. This spillover capture-aided by absorptive capability, better governance and institutions, technological symmetry and social acceptance-causes income to increase and income inequality to decline. The conjoined parameters retard growth's inequality-enhancing effect and thus facilitate long-run convergence of inequality between nations.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/16

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451865806/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007016

Format:

Paper

Pages:

38

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