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New Frontiers in the Economics of Innovation and New Technology: Essays in Honor of Paul A. David.


New frontiers in the economics of innovation and new technology; essays in honor of Paul A. David.

Ed. by Cristiano Antonelli et al.

Edward Elgar Publishing


485 pages




The editors (of Italy's U. of Torino, Switzerland's U. of Lausanne, the US's U. of California, and the UK's U. of Sussex) present 17 papers written in honor of economist Paul A. David. With the exception of the opening and closing papers that specifically engage the work and career of David, the contributions address aspects of the field with which he was particularly concerned--path dependence in technical change, the economics of knowledge, and the diffusion of new technologies--areas that provide the topical section headings for the volume. A few examples of specific topics that are discussed include competing technologies, technological monopolies and the rate of the convergence to a stable market structure; path dependence and diversification in corporate technological histories; the economics of open technology; epistemic communities and communities of practice in the knowledge-based firm; and uncovering general purpose technologies with patent data.

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