Technology Differences over Space and Time by Francesco CaselliTechnology Differences over Space and Time by Francesco Caselli

Technology Differences over Space and Time

byFrancesco Caselli

Hardcover | December 6, 2016

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Technology Differences over Space and Time looks at how countries use their productive resources-such as workers, skills, equipment and structures, and natural resources. Francesco Caselli develops methods to assess the efficiency with which productive inputs are used, and how these efficiencies vary across countries and over time.

Caselli finds that richer countries use skilled workers relatively more efficiently than unskilled workers, and equipment and structures relatively more efficiently than natural resources. They also are relatively more efficient users of labor than of capital. Technological change tends to make countries particularly efficient at using skills and less efficient at using capital. Technical change also favors experienced workers.

In order to interpret and understand these findings, Caselli presents a theory of technology choice. In this theory, firms pick technologies that make the most efficient use of the most abundant production factors when these factors are good substitutes for the less abundant factors. Firms pick technologies that make the most of less abundant factors when other suitable factors are not available for substitution. For example, rich countries, where skilled workers are abundant, use skilled workers efficiently, as these are good substitutes for unskilled workers. This flexible framework can be applied to other pairs of inputs, over time, and across countries.

Technology Differences over Space and Time has significant implications not only for the theoretical understanding of development and technological innovation, but also for government formulation of industrial policy and multinationals making decisions about what to invest in and where to make those investments.

Francesco Caselli is the Norman Sosnow Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, and a fellow of the British Academy.
Title:Technology Differences over Space and TimeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:144 pagesPublished:December 6, 2016Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0691146020

ISBN - 13:9780691146027


Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Introduction and Preliminaries 1

Part I Technology Differences across Space

2 Skilled and Unskilled Labor 17

3 Natural and Reproducible Capital 40

4 Capital and Labor 48

Part II Interpreting Technology Differences

5 An Endogenous Technology Framework 67

Part III Technology Differences over Time

6 Skilled Labor, Unskilled Labor, and Experience
over Time 83

7 Skills and Capital over Time and across Countries 95

8 Conclusions 102

Appendix A. Proofs and Calculations 105

Appendix B. A New Data Set on Mincerian Returns (with Jacopo Ponticelli and Federico Rossi) 108

References 119

Index 125

Editorial Reviews

"This book is obligatory reading for those interested in the state of the art of research on biased technology across countries and over time."-Antonio Ciccone, University of Mannheim