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Structural Change in Innovative Activities in Four Leading Sectors. An Interpretation of the Stylized Facts

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  • Franco Malerba
  • Fabio Montobbio

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This paper provides a quantitative picture of structural change in innovative activities in four leading sectors – chemicals, pharmaceuticals, electronics and machinery – in Europe, United States and Japan and suggests an interpretative framework for explaining the differential rates of innovation among and within these sectors. This framework claims that an in-depth understanding of sectoral uneven innovativeness needs a bottom-up analysis of the technological, institutional and microeconomic characteristics of the different industries. The concept of sectoral system is proposed and applied for the four sectors. The conclusion of this paper is that structural change is guided by the specific coevolution of the variables of the sectoral systems: knowledge and technology, firms, networks and institutions.

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  • Franco Malerba & Fabio Montobbio, 2004. "Structural Change in Innovative Activities in Four Leading Sectors. An Interpretation of the Stylized Facts," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 55(6), pages 1051-1070.
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    1. Montobbio, Fabio & Rampa, Francesco, 2005. "The impact of technology and structural change on export performance in nine developing countries," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 33(4), pages 527-547, April.
    2. María Alejandra Molina, 2011. "A Sectoral System of Innovation Analysis of Technological Upgrading in the Food Processing Sector in Argentina, Brazil and Chile," Institutions and Economies (formerly known as International Journal of Institutions and Economies), Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya, vol. 3(2), pages 287-325, July.
    3. Ana Urraca-Ruiz & Nuria Esther Laguna-Molina, 2016. "Dynamic technological specialization, aggregated convergence and growth," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 13(2), pages 195-221, April.

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