Japan's technological strategy

Tuvia Blumenthal

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While it is well established that borrowed technology has played an important role in Japan's economic development, the nature of this process needs further clarification. This paper deals with the catching-up hypothesis: that a technological gap between Japan and other industrial countries (primarily the United States) emerged during World War II, but has been narrowing since then. Making a distinction between absorptive and creative R and D, we show that Japan's technological strategy emphasized the former while allowing the gap in the latter to remain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-255
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Development Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1976
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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