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Methods of evolutionism and rivalry with neoclassical analysis. The example of the National System of Innovation concept


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  • Patrick Eparvier
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    This paper focuses on the implications for the economic analysis of growth and innovation in relation to the NSI concept being part of the evolutionary research programme. We show that the modern evolutionism associates descriptive and theoretical works following specific methodological reasons. It is then argued that the NSI concept has a particularly important place within the evolutionary research programme, because it challenges and is challenged by the new neoclassical theories of growth concerning the explanation of the convergence/divergence process among the developed economies. It is also very powerful in order to elaborate arguments for technological policies. In addition, its evaluation cannot be disconnected from its theoretical content. We illustrate why the NSI will not be helpful for the neoclassical theories of growth because the assumptions it relies on are not be accepted by these theories.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Journal of Economic Methodology.

    Volume (Year): 12 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 563-579

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jecmet:v:12:y:2005:i:4:p:563-579

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    Keywords: Evolutionism; National System of Innovation; methodology; technology policy; stylised fact; economic growth;


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