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Science, technology and innovation for sustainable development

  • Keun Lee and John Mathews
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The paper argues that science, technology and innovation (STI) play a critical role in expediting transition to a sustainable mode of development. Latecomer nations suffer from several disadvantages as they attempt to catch-up with the technological leaders, but they can enjoy latecomer advantages, if appropriate strategies are formulated and executed. One of the key concepts is leapfrogging, whereby the latecomers absorb what the technological leaders have to offer and leap to a new environment-friendly techno-economic paradigm. To facilitate such leap, the current intellectual-property-rights regimes need to evolve to one that fosters technology diffusion and greater use of intellectual property.

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Paper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series CDP Background Papers with number 016.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2013
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Handle: RePEc:une:cpaper:016
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