Chapter 1: The limited transferability of knowledge
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This chapter takes the form of an interpretative essay based on the large body of work on technology transfer, in an attempt to elaborate an economic theory of technology transfer to add to the rich literature on the specific mechanisms that enable advanced economic systems. It develops the notion of the limited transferability of knowledge, building on analysis of the competences required to use economic goods in general and knowledge as a particular economic good. It analyses the effects of the limited transferability of knowledge on its appropriability, on the economic influence of knowledge spillovers, on the tradability of knowledge and on its recombinant production, exploiting the notion of Jacobs increasing returns to variety.