Does productivity in Africa benefit from advanced countries’ R&D?

Esubalew Alehegn Tiruneh, Evelyn Wamboye, Bruno S. Sergi

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This study employs dynamic ordinary least squares and panel co-integration to estimate advanced countries’ R&D spillover effects on labour productivity in 28 Sub-Saharan African countries over the period 1992–2011. Results show that African countries that import and receive (technical and non-technical) development aid from advanced countries experience an increase in labour productivity, suggesting that trade and aid are transmitters of foreign R&D. However, the extent to which labour productivity responds to R&D spillovers varies based on the country of origin, where spillovers from the USA have a greater impact compared to those from other advanced countries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)804-816
Number of pages13
JournalTechnology Analysis and Strategic Management
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 9 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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