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Title: Openness, Technology Capital, and Development
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Prescott, Edward C.
Issue Date: 5-Jun-2007
Event Date: 5-Jun-2007
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 box 1.2
Notes: Institute for Advanced Study distinguished economics speakers series jointly organised by Center for Economic Development.
Abstract: A framework is developed with what we call technology capital. A country is a measure of locations. Absent policy constraints, a firm owning a unit of technology capital can produce the composite output good using the unit of technology capital at as many locations as it chooses. But it can operate only one operation at a given location, so the number of locations is what constrains the number of units it operates using this unit of technology capital. If it has two units of technology capital, it can operate twice as many operations at every location. Professor Prescott will talk about how aggregation is carried out and how the aggregate production functions for the countries are derived. The framework interacts well with the national accounts in the same way as does the neoclassical growth model. It also interacts well with the international accounts. There are constant returns to scale, and therefore no monopoly rents. Yet there are gains to being economically integrated. In the framework, a country’s openness is measured by the effect of its policies on the productivity of foreign operations. The analysis indicates that there are large gains to this openness.
Duration: 100 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
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