DP10869 Endogenous Sector-Biased Technological Change and Industrial Policy

Author(s): Berthold Herrendorf, Akos Valentinyi
Publication Date: October 2015
Keyword(s): endogenous sector-biased technological change, horizontal innovation, industrial policy, structural transformation
JEL(s): O11, O14, O31, O33
Programme Areas: Macroeconomics and Growth
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We build a model of structural transformation with endogenous sector-biased technological change. We show that if the return to specialisation is larger in the goods sector than in the service sector, then the equilibrium has the following properties: aggregate growth is balanced; structural transformation takes place from goods to services; the service sector receives more innovation but the goods sector has more productivity growth. We show that compared to the efficient allocation the laissez-faire equilibrium has too much labor in the goods sector. This suggests that optimal industrial policy should aim to increase the pace of structural transformation.