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Innovation, Technology and Economic Change

Jan Fagerberg and David C. Mowery

Several attempts have been made since the 1970s to collect key scholarly papers and document the progress of the field of innovation studies. This discussion of papers, most of which were published after the turn of the millennium, stands on the shoulders of this earlier work and seeks to provide a broad overview of recent progress in research on innovation and economic change. In their choice of papers, the authors address the characteristics of the field of innovation studies and its relationship to other areas of (social) science: innovation in firms; factors influencing firms’ innovation performance; innovation systems; innovation and economic ‘catch-up’ and, finally, policy issues for innovation.

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