Technology transfer and the functional distribution of income in japan: 1952-1981

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Estimation of a reduced form equation for the wage bill/profit ratio for Japan indicates that technology transfer had a significant and negative effect on labor’s share of income between 1952 and 1981. This effect was twice as large for 1952-1969 when the Japanese government promoted the importation of capital-intensive technology as it was in 1970-1981 when the Japanese government promoted “knowledge” intensive technology. A two-stage least- squares estimate of the employment structural equation indicates that the effect of both technology transfer and indigenous technology was greater than or equal to zero in both time periods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-254
Number of pages34
JournalInternational Trade Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1992


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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business and International Management

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