Matteo Cervellati, Alireza Naghavi & Farid Toubal , 2014.
"Trade Liberalization, Democratization and Technology Adoption,"
CEPII Working Paper 2014- 08 , March 2014 , CEPII.
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.
Trade Openness ; Democratization ; Political Economy theory ; Technology Adoption ; Sector Level Data