New Horizons in the Economics of Innovation series
Edited by Louise Earl and Fred Gault
This book is the outcome of a series of conversations which began in Cargèse, Corsica in 2001 between Jan Fagerberg and Louise Earl on directions for future research on innovation. The dialogue continued, expanded to include others and resulted in a research workshop hosted by Statistics Canada in Ottawa in October 2003. Many of the chapters in this book were ﬁrst presented at the Ottawa workshop. Developing research programmes within institutions such as statistical agencies, policy departments and universities requires active participation in foresight exercises. Those that are successful bring together researchers with diﬀerent backgrounds and research perspectives who bring cross-disciplinary insights to the table. The intent of this book is to capture these perspectives and provide insights for future research. One area of future research is improved understanding of the outcomes and impacts of innovation on the economy and society. Information and communication technology use has spread throughout the world. It is now possible to send instant pictures to handheld devices as events occur. People turn to the Internet as a source of information, to conduct research, to access government services, to make purchases and for entertainment purposes. The Human Genome Project has spurred the public interest in and debate of scientiﬁc knowledge. Genetically modiﬁed foods have brought biotechnology to the forefront and recently the press has begun to focus on nanotechnology. With the signing of the Kyoto Agreement, more countries and industries are looking at alternative sources of energies leading to the development of...