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Knowledge Sources of Innovation in a Small, Open Economy: The Case of Singapore

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  • Poh Kam Wong

    (Entrepreneurship Centre, National University of Singapore)

  • Yuen Ping Ho

    (Entrepreneurship Centre, National University of Singapore)

Abstract

By tracing the flows of patent citation of prior patents and scientific journal articles, we investigate the sources of knowledge for innovation output in Singapore, a small, highly open economy that has traditionally been significantly dependent on foreign multinational corporations (MNCs). We found that the local production of new knowledge by indigenous Singaporean firms depends disproportionately on technological knowledge produced by MNCs with operational presence in Singapore and scientific knowledge generated by foreign universities. Locally produced new knowledge by indigenous firms and local universities constitute an insignificant, albeit rapidly growing, source for innovation in Singapore.

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  • Poh Kam Wong & Yuen Ping Ho, 2005. "Knowledge Sources of Innovation in a Small, Open Economy: The Case of Singapore," Development and Comp Systems 0504015, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0504015
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    1. Zanatta, Mariana & Strachman, Eduardo & Carvalho, Flavia & Varrichio, Pollyana C. & Camillo, Edilaine & Barra, Mariana, 2008. "National Policies to Attract FDI in R&D: An Assessment of Brazil and Selected Countries," WIDER Working Paper Series 069, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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    Keywords

    innovation system; patent citation; Singapore; knowledge sources;

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    • O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth
    • P - Economic Systems

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