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The Fruits of Intellectual Production: Economic and scientific specialisation among OECD countries

  • Keld Laursen

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    (CEBR, Danish Ministry for Trade and Industry, and Department of Industrial Economics and Strategy, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Ammon Salter

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    (SPRU, University of Sussex)

This paper brings together data from 14 OECD countries on scientific publications, patents and production specialisation to explore the relationship between economic and production specialisation for 17 manufacturing sectors. Since Marx, there has been a fundamental debate in economics about the link between science and the economic system. Marx argued that the developments in the science system are strongly influenced by changes in the economic sphere, whereas Polanyi argued that developments in science are largely independent of economic sphere. Using a panel data model and econometric estimations at the sectoral-level, the paper assesses the two positions and finds considerable support for Marx's position, that is, that scientific and production specialisation are, often, tightly linked.

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Paper provided by SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex in its series SPRU Working Paper Series with number 78.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2002
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Handle: RePEc:sru:ssewps:78
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