Paths of Technology Upgrading in the BRICS economies

Iciar Dominguez Lacasa, Björn Jindra, Slavo Radosevic, Mahmood Shubbak

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This paper explores technology upgrading of BRICS economies based on a three-pronged approach, which distinguishes between the intensity of technology upgrading, structural change and global interaction. We develop a statistical framework based on patent indicators to measure technological upgrading and apply it to BRICS economies in the period 1980–2015. The paper shows that there is no single path of technology upgrading. Instead, we find several unique paths with different trade-offs between intensity, structural change and the nature of the global interaction. All BRICS economies display increased generation of frontier technological activities, while China and Russia have also increased the intensity of behind frontier technological activities. China has also diversified its technology knowledge base and entered into dynamic frontier areas. With increasing intensity of frontier technology activities of the BRICS, the relative, but not absolute, the importance of foreign actors and international collaboration has declined. However, BRICS economies seem to lack the organisational and complementary capabilities to match the extent of technology sourcing from abroad, observed in high-income countries. Our result represents the application of a new conceptual framework and contributes to assessing the sustainability of innovation-based growth among BRICS.
This paper explores technology upgrading of BRICS economies based on a three-pronged approach, which distinguishes between the intensity of technology upgrading, structural change and global interaction. We develop a statistical framework based on patent indicators to measure technological upgrading and apply it to BRICS economies in the period 1980–2015. The paper shows that there is no single path of technology upgrading. Instead, we find several unique paths with different trade-offs between intensity, structural change and the nature of the global interaction. All BRICS economies display increased generation of frontier technological activities, while China and Russia have also increased the intensity of behind frontier technological activities. China has also diversified its technology knowledge base and entered into dynamic frontier areas. With increasing intensity of frontier technology activities of the BRICS, the relative, but not absolute, the importance of foreign actors and international collaboration has declined. However, BRICS economies seem to lack the organisational and complementary capabilities to match the extent of technology sourcing from abroad, observed in high-income countries. Our result represents the application of a new conceptual framework and contributes to assessing the sustainability of innovation-based growth among BRICS.
LanguageEnglish
JournalResearch Policy
Volume48
Issue number1
Pages262-280
Number of pages19
ISSN0048-7333
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2019

Bibliographical note

Published online 20 September 2018

Keywords

  • BRICS
  • Comparative analysis
  • Patent indicators
  • Technology upgrading

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Lacasa, I. D., Jindra, B., Radosevic, S., & Shubbak, M. (2019). Paths of Technology Upgrading in the BRICS economies. Research Policy, 48(1), 262-280. DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2018.08.016
Lacasa, Iciar Dominguez ; Jindra, Björn ; Radosevic, Slavo ; Shubbak, Mahmood. / Paths of Technology Upgrading in the BRICS economies. In: Research Policy. 2019 ; Vol. 48, No. 1. pp. 262-280
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Paths of Technology Upgrading in the BRICS economies. / Lacasa, Iciar Dominguez; Jindra, Björn ; Radosevic, Slavo; Shubbak, Mahmood.

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