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The dynamics of innovations and citations

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  • Ghiglino, Christian
  • Tabasso, Nicole

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We present a model in which patent citations occur as new ideas are produced from combinations of existing ideas. An idea’s usability in this process is represented as an interval in a variety space of ideas, whose length determines the likelihood of citation. This process endogenously derives exponential aging of patents, which is consistent with empirical observations. The endogeneity of aging sets our process apart from the standard preferential attachment literature.

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  • Ghiglino, Christian & Tabasso, Nicole, 2015. "The dynamics of innovations and citations," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 131(C), pages 94-97.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:131:y:2015:i:c:p:94-97
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2015.04.004
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    Cited by:

    1. Mori, Tomoya & Sakaguchi, Shosei, 2018. "Collaborative knowledge creation: Evidence from Japanese patent data," MPRA Paper 88716, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Goorha, Prateek, 2015. "Sequencing ideas into innovations through pure thought," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 136(C), pages 201-203.

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    Keywords

    Citation dynamics; Citation network; Innovations; Idea applicability;

    JEL classification:

    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation

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