Cognitive Ability and Technology Diffusion : An Empirical Test

  title={Cognitive Ability and Technology Diffusion : An Empirical Test},
  author={Garett Jones and G. Mason},
Recent economic research has shown that cognitive ability scores are robustly associated with good national economic performance. How much of this is due to high-ability countries doing a better job of absorbing total factor productivity from the world's technology leader? Following Benhabib and Spiegel (JME 1994, Handbook of Economic Growth 2005) who estimated the Nelson-Phelps technology diffusion model, I use the database of IQ tests assembled by Lynn and Vanhanen (2002, 2006) and find a… CONTINUE READING
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