11.167 Economic Development & Technical Capabilities

As taught in: Spring 2004

Hands typing on a keyboard.

Analyzing financial documents while typing at a computer. (Photograph courtesy of Ben Ullman, budesigns.)




Prof. Alice Amsden

Course Features

Course Description

The economic growth of developing countries requires the acquisition of technological capabilities. In countries at the world technological frontier, such capabilities refer to cutting edge skills to innovate entirely new products. In developing countries, the requisite technological capabilities are broader, and include production engineering, project execution and incremental innovation to make borrowed technology work. Theories of technology acquisition are examined. The empirical evidence is taken from two sets of developing countries; the most advanced (Taiwan, Korea, India, China and Brazil) and the least advanced (Africa and Middle Eastern countries).

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.