Presentation on theme: "Model of a Knowledge-Based Economy"— Presentation transcript:
1 Model of a Knowledge-Based Economy for ArmeniaHayk L. Sargsyan, Yerevan State UniversityKristine A. Antonyan, Yerevan State UniversityAIPRG Annual Conference “Looking Forward: Global Competitiveness of the Armenian Economy”,May 17-18, 2008, Washington, DC.
2 purposeТо have a sustained long-run economic growth adopting flexible economic policies in the new postindustrial society.outlineI. Discuss long-run economic growth models with the productivity as the central factor, outline the knowledge as the main engine of productivity growth in a knowledge-based economy.II. Discuss Armenian economic growth in the transitional period within qualitative indicators and TFP growth trend.III. Decomposition of estimated TFP with Knowlede Economy pillars, revealing the strenghts and weaknesses the country has and emphasize the needed directions for policy towards a knowledge-based economic model.
3 Long-run growth models theoretical considerations neoclassical growth theory: using exogenous production functions revealed that the “Black box” residual is explained with capital accumulation and hence technological progress, resulting to a long-run sustained economic growthendogenous growth theory:explained the driving growth of productivity or the unexplained residual through the concept of the human capitalR&D growth models: considered the driving development through adoption of innovations by means of trade among countries: qualitative transformations and structural change
4 Conclusion: KE pillars PRODUCTIVITYGROWTHOUTPUT GROWTHPhysical capital accumulationTechnologiesIndustrial society& Industrial EconomyInnovationsPostindustrial society & KEHuman capital accumulationHuman capitalKnowledgeICT infrastructureEducationInstitutions
5 Armenian economic growth is accompanied with The substitution of goods production and agriculture by services production appropriates the global trends. Still, international comparisons indicate, that the country appropriates to low income countries.2. The growth in non-agricultural sector is characterized by labor productivity growth (output per worker). Yet, it is mainly expounded with the permanent decrease of employment rate during the whole transformation.3. The poverty rate is high in the country (although, it has reduced from almost half of the population to 26,5%)4. The country is defined by unequal regional developments, mainly concentrated in the capital.5. Continuous migration especially among younger population still exists in the country.
6 6. (1) Picture 1. The TFP growth rate of RA in the period of 1992-2006 Armenian economicic gowth is described with:Crisis ( )Stability ( )Improvement ( )
7 Table 2. The TFP decomposition through the KE pillars. KEI of Armenia and EstoniaVariableArmeniaEstonia(most recent)19951 pillar: Economic Incentive and Institutional Regime (average)5.263.528.608.752 pillar: Innovation (average)4.814.638.127.073 pillar:Education (average)3.402.618.227.374 pillar: ICT (average)2.443.719.249.17Knowledge Economy Index (average)4.643.847.73Source: World Bank, KAM, URL//
8 Conclusion-In early transformational period, the crisis destroyed the Armenian economy so much, that the TFP present growth rates, calculated on low basic figures, do not assure a competitive level of knowledge-based economy-The growth is insufficient for being sustained
9 Education- the pillar of knowledge-based economy A. Picture 2. Enrollment in education institutions by ageSource: NSS, Education Transitions in Armenia, UNDP, 2006.Higher education is rapidly becoming inaccessible for the greater part of the population.
10 B. The quality of Education - the combination of the three components - education inputs, educational process and outputs.INPUTSPROCESSOUTPUTSThe level and quantity of school (middle-school, high school, after-school) graduates entering labor marketFinancingBasic education processInternet at schoolsQuality of teachersThe level and quantity of school (middle-school, high school, after-school) graduates continuing studyingTertiary education processSelection of lecturers, students
11 Conclusion: Picture 3. . Employment by education degree The economic growth in Armenia is described with worsening quality of the human capital (the portion of human capital decreases in TFP)
12 Innovation- the pillar of knowledge-based economy The main issues through several substantial indicators:PublicNational producers and business environmentExpenditures on R&DExternal financingResearchers holding scientific degree, average age of researchers holding scientific degree, average age of scientific equipmentExpenditures on InnovationsInnovative enterprises in industryInnovative output in industryThe number of granted patentsScience-HEI-private institutions cooperation
13 Conclusion: estimating policy Implications towards an Innovative economyEXTERNAL SHARETowards KESTATENGOsInternational organizationsEstimating priorities1. Venture funds,2. techno parksECONOMYSCIENCEINNOVATIONEDUCATION
14 ICT- the pillar of knowledge-based economy The main issues through several substantial indicators:Provision of the population with home telephone sets, mobile phones, successful callsThe number of Internet users, Internet accessThe number of ISP, Internet pricesPhones, Computers, Internet accesses from workstationE-commerceOnline government resourcesE-governance
15 Conclusion: estimating policy Implications towards a E-society ICT infrastructuresocialeconomicpublicInformation society
16 CONCLUSIONDecomposition of TFP growth estimates, that:The country has a comparative advantage in the factor of human capital, which though is worseningThe country has improved its competitiveness through adopting new technologies, increasing the knowledge-based potential of its productions and servicesICT, as an infrastructure becoming the most important pillar for a KE, is still on a low level in the country, thus preventing economic competitiveness, productivity growth, transformation to a KE and hence long-run sustained economic growth
17 Long-run policy conclusions Encouraging “education, science and innovation” with new strength and quality within a reconstruction of new “education-innovation-economy” model, that will form a base for passing to the third, innovative level of competitiveness,Transforming the “Book Society” to “E-Society”, within rapid development of ICT infrastructure and its assimilation in the social, public and economic aspects of life, such as e- commerce, e-governance, e-learning etc.Coordination the activities of different government institutions and donor initiatives.