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Is Canada Really All That Bad At Innovation?: A Tale of Two Industries

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This commentary raises questions about the degree to which global innovation indicators enable us to understand the historical dynamics of innovation in Canada, and about future directions for Canadian innovation policy. By focusing on the automotive and telecommunications sectors, two currently troubled Canadian industries with completely different histories, some of the major successes and mistakes of Canadian industrial policy are assessed critically. The conclusion is that the innovation problem in Canada has less to do with capabilities or opportunities, than with recent tendencies not to follow through when ambitious innovation initiatives in specific industries could be transformed into new national "engines of growth".

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  • Richard Hawkins, 2009. "Is Canada Really All That Bad At Innovation?: A Tale of Two Industries," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 18, pages 72-79, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:18:y:2009:5
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    Keywords

    Review; Innovation; productivity; telecommunications industry; automotive industry; research and development;

    JEL classification:

    • N92 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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