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Why Doesn’t Technology Flow from Rich to Poor Countries?

What determines the technology that a country adopts? While many factors affect technological adoption, the efficiency of the country’s financial system may also play a significant role. To address this question, a dynamic contract model is embedded into a general equilibrium setting with competitive intermediation. The ability of an intermediary to monitor and control the cash flows of a firm plays an important role in the technology adoption decision. Can such a theory help to explain the differences in total factor productivity and establishment-size distributions across India, Mexico, and the United States? A quantitative illustration suggests the answer is yes.

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