Innovation, Economic Development and Policy
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Innovation, Economic Development and Policy

Selected Essays

Jan Fagerberg

This authoritative and enlightening book focuses on fundamental questions such as what is innovation, who is it relevant for, what are the effects, and what is the role of (innovation) policy in supporting innovation-diffusion? The first two sections present a comprehensive overview of our current knowledge on the phenomenon and analyse how this knowledge (and the scholarly community underpinning it) has evolved towards its present state. The third part explores the role of innovation for growth and development, while section four is concerned with the national innovation system and the role of (innovation) policy in influencing its dynamics and responding to the important challenges facing contemporary societies.
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Chapter 2: Schumpeter and the revival of evolutionary economics: an appraisal of the literature

Jan Fagerberg

Abstract

During the last two decades we have seen a revival of interest in the works of Joseph Schumpeter and "evolutionary" ideas in economics more generally. A professional society honouring Schumpeter's name has been founded, and linked to it we have had for more than fifteen years now a professional journal devoted to this stream of thought. However, it has been argued that, despite these recent developments, the link between Schumpeter's own work and the more recent contributions to evolntionary economics is in fact rather weak. This paper considers this claim.

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