How persistent is industry specialization over time in industrialized countries?

Edward Wolff

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    I use the 1994 OECD Structural Analysis database, which provides statistics on output for 33 manufacturing industries in 14 OECD countries over the period 1970 to 1993. I find that in 1970, these countries tended to specialize manufacturing production in very different industries and that most countries retained their specialization between 1970 and 1993. I conclude that the general stability in industries of specialization over time lends support to the increasing internal returns to scale models and tends to contradict the standard factor-price equalization models. The results of this paper also suggest that increasing internal returns to scale and learning-by-doing may serve as a complement to patent protection and other forms of intellectual property rights.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)194-205
    Number of pages12
    JournalInternational Journal of Technology Management
    Volume19
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 2000

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    OECD
    specialization
    patent protection
    industry
    structural analysis
    manufacturing industry
    intellectual property
    right of ownership
    Industry
    manufacturing
    Intellectual property
    statistics
    Structural analysis
    Statistics
    learning
    time
    Developed countries
    Industry specialization
    Returns to scale
    Patent protection

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    • Engineering (miscellaneous)
    • Management of Technology and Innovation
    • Strategy and Management
    • Management Science and Operations Research

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    How persistent is industry specialization over time in industrialized countries? / Wolff, Edward.

    In: International Journal of Technology Management, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2000, p. 194-205.

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