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Innovation policy, national innovation systems and economic performance: In search of a useful theoretical framework

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  • Jan Fagerberg

    (Aalborg University, University of Oslo and University of Lund)

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Innovation policy has emerged as a new field of economic policy during the last few decades and it may be time to take stock of what is learnt and consider what the challenges for the theory and practice in this area are. The first section introduces the issue. Section 2 outlines the development of theoretical frameworks of innovation policies and considers the relationship between the assumptions underlying these frameworks and empirical evidence from innovation-surveys. Based on recent advances in innovation-systems theory, section 3 presents a synthetic framework for the analysis of innovation policy. Section 4 considers so- called “mission-oriented” innovation policies, i.e., policies aimed at solving particular social challenges. Finally, lessons and challenges for future work in this area are discussed.

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  • Jan Fagerberg, 2015. "Innovation policy, national innovation systems and economic performance: In search of a useful theoretical framework," Working Papers on Innovation Studies 20150321, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo.
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    1. Fagerberg, Jan & Fosaas, Morten & Bell, Martin & Martin, Ben R., 2011. "Christopher Freeman: social science entrepreneur," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 40(7), pages 897-916, September.
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    1. Attila Havas, 2015. "The persistent high-tech myth in the EC policy circles - Implications for the EU10 countries," IEHAS Discussion Papers 1517, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
    2. Havas, Attila, 2016. "Recent economic theorising on innovation: Lessons for analysing social innovation," MPRA Paper 77385, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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