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The Fruits of Intellectual Production: Economic and scientific specialisation among OECD countries

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  • Keld Laursen

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    (CEBR, Danish Ministry for Trade and Industry, and Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Ammon Salter

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    (SPRU, University of Sussex)

Abstract

This paper brings together data from 14 OECD countries on scientific publications, patents and production specialisation to explore the relationship between economic and production specialisation for 17 manufacturing sectors. Since Marx, there has been a fundamental debate in economics about the link between science and the economic system. Marx argued that the developments in the science system are strongly influenced by changes in the economic sphere, whereas Polanyi argued that developments in science are largely independent of economic sphere. Using a panel data model and econometric estimations at the sectoral-level, the paper assesses the two positions and finds considerable support for Marx's position, that is, that scientific and production specialisation are, often, tightly linked.

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Paper provided by SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex in its series SPRU Working Paper Series with number 78.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2002
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Handle: RePEc:sru:ssewps:78

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Keywords: Scientific specialisation; international economic specialisation; bibliometric data;

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  1. Castellacci, Fulvio, 2006. "The interactions between national systems and sectoral patterns of innovation: a cross-country analysis of Pavitt’s taxonomy," MPRA Paper 27601, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Laursen, Keld & Meliciani, Valentina, 2010. "The role of ICT knowledge flows for international market share dynamics," Research Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 39(5), pages 687-697, June.
  3. Jane Marceau, 2007. "Bringing science to life in Australia: the need for a new approach in human health biotechnology policy," The Journal of Technology Transfer, Springer, Springer, vol. 32(4), pages 303-327, August.
  4. Geuna, Aldo & Anthony Arundel, 2003. "Proximity and the Use of Public Science by Innovate European Firms," Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2003, Royal Economic Society 86, Royal Economic Society.
  5. Hemert, P. van & Nijkamp, P., 2009. "Knowledge investments, business R&D and innovativeness of countries. A qualitative meta-analytic comparison," Serie Research Memoranda, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics 0041, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
  6. Castellacci, Fulvio, 2008. "Innovation and the competitiveness of industries: comparing the mainstream and the evolutionary approaches," MPRA Paper 27523, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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