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Empirical studies of the diffusion of scientific and technological knowledge: some methodological considerations

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  • Pierre Azoulay

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I review recent methodological developments that have great relevance for the study of the effect of intellectual property rights (IPRs) on the diffusion of scientific and technological knowledge across time, space, field, and institutional boundaries. In particular, I emphasize two aspects of study design for empirical work that have become increasingly (but not universally) recognized: (i) the need to identify "useful" regime shifts; and (ii) the selection of valid papers or patents to serve as controls.

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  • Pierre Azoulay, 2012. "Empirical studies of the diffusion of scientific and technological knowledge: some methodological considerations," ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 2012(3), pages 73-87.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:polipo:v:html10.3280/poli2012-003005
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    Keywords

    Ricerca scientifica; diffusione di conoscenza; proprietà intellettuale;

    JEL classification:

    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O34 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Intellectual Property and Intellectual Capital

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