Volume 0. Handbook of the Economics of Innovation Set

1st Edition


  • Bronwyn H. Hall
  • Nathan Rosenberg
  • Description

    Economists examine the genesis of technological change and the ways we commercialize and diffuse it.  The economics of property rights and patents, in addition to industry applications, are also surveyed through literature reviews and predictions about fruitful research directions.

    - Two volumes, available as a set or sold separately

    Key Features

    • Expert articles consider the best ways to establish optimal incentives in technological progress
    • Science and innovation, both their theories and applications, are examined at the intersections of the marketplace, policy, and social welfare
    • Economists are only part of an audience that includes attorneys, educators, and anyone involved in new technologies


    Students and researchers studying technological change.  Articles are written by economists for a multidisciplinary readership, including industry professionals, attorneys, educators, and anyone interested in new technologies.

    Table of Contents

    Volume I: Chapters 1-16

    1. Introduction to the handbook;  2.  The contribution of economic history to the study of innovation and technical change: 1750-1914;  3.  Technical change and industrial dynamics as evolutionary processes;  4.  Empirical studies of innovative activity and performance;  5.  The economics of science; 6.  University research and public-private interaction; 7.  Property rights and invention; 8.  Stylized facts in the geography of innovation; 9.  Open User Innovation; 10.  Learning by doing; 11.  Innovative conduct in computing and internet markets; 12.  Pharmaceutical innovation; 13.  Collective invention and invention networks; 14.  The financing of R&D and innovation; 15.  The market for technology; 16.  Technological innovation and the theory of the firm: The role of enterprise level knowledge, complimentarities, and (dynamic) capabilities

    Volume II: Chapters 17-29

    17.  The diffusion of new technology; 18.  General purpose technologies; 19.  International trade, foreign direct investment, and technology spillovers; 20.  Innovation and economic development; 21.Energy, the environment, and technological change; 22.  The economics of innovation and technical change in agriculture; 23.  Growth accounting; 24.  Returns to R&D and productivity; 25.  Patent statistics as innovation indicators; 26.  Innovation surveys; 27.  Systems of innovation; 28.  Economics of technology policy; 29.  Military R&D and innovation


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    North Holland
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    For too long the policy importance of innovation has taken a back seat to short-term stimulus initiatives. Hall and Rosenberg have assembled a scholarly collection of papers that provide a timely guide for rediscovering the role of innovation in economic growth.
    Albert N. Link, University of North Carolina at Greensboro