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Comparative Invention Performance of Major Industrial Countries: Patterns and Explanations

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  • Hans H. Glismann

    (Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Düsternbrooker Weg 120, 2300 Kiel, Federal Republic of Germany)

  • Ernst-Jürgen Horn

    (Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Düsternbrooker Weg 120, 2300 Kiel, Federal Republic of Germany)

Abstract

The paper presents an analysis of invention performance, as measured by patenting activities, of six countries (France, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, USSR, West Germany) relative to the United States for 41 SIC industries over the past 20 years. It turns out that non-U.S. countries as a group have increased their (relative) invention performance in all fields of technology, including high technology fields. In a second step hypotheses which can be supposed to explain the relative decline of the United States' patenting activities are discussed and tested. There is strong evidence that catching up processes contributed most to the relative decrease of the United States; there is only little evidence that government interventions regarding research and development activities have had counterproductive effects on invention performance.

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  • Hans H. Glismann & Ernst-Jürgen Horn, 1988. "Comparative Invention Performance of Major Industrial Countries: Patterns and Explanations," Management Science, INFORMS, vol. 34(10), pages 1169-1187, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:34:y:1988:i:10:p:1169-1187
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    1. Schewe, Gerhard, 1991. "Key factors of successful innovation management," Manuskripte aus den Instituten für Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Universität Kiel 274, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre.
    2. Ernst, Holger, 1998. "Evaluation of dynamic technological developments by means of patent data," Manuskripte aus den Instituten für Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Universität Kiel 485, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre.
    3. Zvi Griliches, 1998. "Patent Statistics as Economic Indicators: A Survey," NBER Chapters,in: R&D and Productivity: The Econometric Evidence, pages 287-343 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Hauschildt, Jürgen, 1990. "Zur Messung des Innovationserfolgs: Revidierte Fassung eines Vortrags der 2nd TIM Conference of Technology Management, Hamburg, 10./11. Mai 1990," Manuskripte aus den Instituten für Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Universität Kiel 253, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre.
    5. Brockhoff, Klaus K., 1991. "Instruments for patent data analyses in business firms," Manuskripte aus den Instituten für Betriebswirtschaftslehre der Universität Kiel 264, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Institut für Betriebswirtschaftslehre.

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