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Home | News | Paper by Research Fellow Michael König accepted for publication in Econometrica
News | February 18, 2022

Paper by Research Fellow Michael König accepted for publication in Econometrica

TI Research Fellow Michael König’s paper entitled From Imitation to Innovation: Where is all the Chinese R&D Going? has been accepted for publication in Econometrica. Konig wrote his paper in collaboration with Kjetil Storesletten, Zheng Song and Fabrizio Zilibotti.

Paper by Research Fellow Michael König accepted for publication in Econometrica

Paper abstract: We construct an endogenous growth model with random interactions where firms are subject to distortions. The TFP distribution evolves endogenously as firms seek to upgrade their technology over time either by innovating or by imitating other firms. We use the model to quantify the effects of misallocation on TFP growth in emerging economies. We structurally estimate the stationary state of the dynamic model targeting moments of the empirical distribution of R&D and TFP growth in China during the period 2007–12. The estimated model fits the Chinese data well. We compare the estimates with those obtained using data for Taiwan and perform counterfactuals to study the effect of alternative policies. R&D misallocation has a large effect on TFP growth.

Interested? You can read the full paper here.