A1 - Matteo Cervellati
A1 - Alireza Naghavi
A1 - Farid Toubal
TI - Trade Liberalization, Democratization and Technology Adoption
IS - 2014-08
T3 - Working Papers
KW - Trade Openness
KW - Democratization
KW - Political Economy theory
KW - Technology Adoption
KW - Sector Level Data
N2 - We study the role of trade liberalization, democratization and their interaction for technology adoption. A general equilibrium theory with heterogeneous skills predicts a complementarity between trade and political regimes. Openness should accelerate technology adoption if coupled with democratization but may lead to a slowdown if these regime changes are imbalanced. We use panel data on technology adoption at the sectoral level for the period 1980-2000. We exploit within country variation and the heterogenous timing of openness and democratization. The results document the existence of a positive interaction between these institutional changes for technology adoption.
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