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This paper examines the impact of education, trade, governance and distance on technology diffusion and TFP in Latin America - specifically South America and Mexico (SAM) - and East Asia, over the 32 years preceding the Great Recession (1976-2007). Findings are: i) TFP rises with education, trade, governance (ETG) and trades R&D content, and falls with distance to the (closest) North; ii) the East Asia - SAM education gaps impact equals that of trade plus governance; iii) an increase in SAMs ETG to East Asias level raises TFP by over 100 percent and fully accounts for its TFP gap with East Asia; and iv) South Americas TFP loss relative to Mexico due to its greater distance to ‘US-Canada (Europe and Japan) is 9.30 (0.02) percent.