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National Model of Technological Catching Up and Innovation: Comparing Patents of Taiwan and South Korea

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  • Jenn Hwan Wang
  • Ching-jung Tsai

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This paper discusses different patterns of innovation and their institutional roots in Taiwan and South Korea. By using USPTO patent data as indicators of innovation, this paper finds that while individuals and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) still account for a significant proportion of the patents in Taiwan, the large conglomerates are the major contributors of patents in South Korea. Moreover, although electronics is the sector that has gained most of the patents in both countries, Taiwan's patents are more dispersed while those of its South Korean counterparts are more concentrated. These differences come mainly from the institutional roots in their economic catching-up era.

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  • Jenn Hwan Wang & Ching-jung Tsai, 2010. "National Model of Technological Catching Up and Innovation: Comparing Patents of Taiwan and South Korea," Journal of Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(8), pages 1404-1423.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jdevst:v:46:y:2010:i:8:p:1404-1423
    DOI: 10.1080/00220380903131654
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    1. Alice H. Amsden & Wan-wen Chu, 2003. "Beyond Late Development: Taiwan's Upgrading Policies," MIT Press Books, The MIT Press, edition 1, volume 1, number 0262011980, January.
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    1. Chen, Shin-Horng & Wen, Pei-Chang, 2016. "Post Catch-up with Market Cultivation and Product Servicizing: Case of Taiwan's Transportation Equipment Industries," AGI Working Paper Series 2016-16, Asian Growth Research Institute.
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