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Innovation policies in transition countries: one size fits all?

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  • Reinhilde Veugelers

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    Bruegel)

  • Helena Schweiger

    () (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

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Abstract Transition countries are at different stages of development and firms in these countries vary in their use and creation of knowledge for growth. This is shaped by varying conditions in the countries that allow firms to access, absorb and create new technologies. Policies designed to support innovation need to take these individual circumstances into account. However, analysis reveals that innovation policies across the transition region are surprisingly similar, characterised by an excessive focus on the creation of technology, particularly from public funded research organisations and insufficient attention to the absorption of technology by the private sector. Innovation policies in transition countries would gain from better governance, more sophisticated public administrations and private-sector involvement.

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  • Reinhilde Veugelers & Helena Schweiger, 2016. "Innovation policies in transition countries: one size fits all?," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 49(2), pages 241-267, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:ecopln:v:49:y:2016:i:2:d:10.1007_s10644-015-9167-5
    DOI: 10.1007/s10644-015-9167-5
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    Transition countries; Innovation; Innovation policy;

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    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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