The Economics of Science and Technology: An Overview of Initiatives to Foster Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Growth / Edition 1

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This volume provides an overview of research on key topics in the economics of science and technology. These topics include the role of patents and intellectual property protection, the relationship between R&D and economic growth, R&D tax policy, government investment in infrastructure technology, public-private technology partnerships, labor market policies, and evaluation and assessment of technology programs. Much of this literature is new, so the time is ripe for a synthesis and critique of existing studies. The book offers an overview presented from an applied perspective, stressing historical and institutional factors. This book will be particularly useful to students interested in pursuing research on these topics and to policy makers who want a user-friendly summary of recent studies on the economic implications of technology policy.

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To provide an initial reference to the economics of science and technology for students and policy makers, Feldman (Johns Hopkins U.), Albert N. Link (U. of North Carolina-Greensboro) and Donald S. Siegel (U. of Nottingham) overview key topics discussed in the literature. They believe that understanding the current science and technology landscape requires knowing how the institutions that support them evolved. Their focus is on the conclusions of the literature rather than its theoretical foundations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402070006
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 5/31/2002
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 135
  • Product dimensions: 0.50 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables. List of Figures. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction. 2. An Historical Perspective. 3. Economic Growth and Technological Change. 4. Dimensions of R&D. 5. The Entrepreneurial Process. 6. Government's Role in Innovation. 7. The Patent System. 8. Tax Incentives. 9. Research Collaborations. 10. Public/Private Partnerships. 11. Infrastructure Technology. 12. An Integrated Entrepreneurial Process. 13. Labor Market for R&D Scientists and Engineers. 14. Public Accountability. 15. Conclusions. References. Index.

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