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AuthorMayer, Jorg. UNCTAD
TitleGlobalization, Technology Transfer and Skill Accumulation in Low-income Countries
Imprint Geneva, United Nations. 2000
Connect tohttp://161.200.145.45/docs/en/dp_150.en.pdf
Descript iii, 35 p. : graphs, tables

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Abstract: Globalization has drastically improved access of technological latecomers to advanced technologies and, to the extent that technological upgrading is important for development, it provides a unique opportunity for low-income countries to raise per capita income. This paper shows that low-income countries as a group have in fact substantially increased the GDP ratio of technology imports over the past few years, but that there are large cross-country discrepancies in technology upgrading within this group. General-purpose technology continues to constitute the bulk of technology imports, while sector-specific technology used for labour-intensive activities has gained in importance. Improved access to technology imports appears not to have improved labour productivity and the demand for skilled labour in many low-income countries. To raise the benefits reaped from globalization, governments might need to make additional efforts towards a simultaneous increase in technology imports and the skill level of the domestic labour force


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