1st Edition

Economics of Structural and Technological Change

Edited By Cristiano Antonelli, Nicola De Liso Copyright 1997

    Technology has long been seen as a path to economic growth. However there is considerable debate about the exact nature of this relationship. Economics of Structural and Technological Change employs a wide range of theoretical and applied approaches to explore the concept of technological change.
    The book begins with a series of in-depth discussions of the economic analysis of technological change. The second section contains a discussion of theoretical models of technological change, focusing on issues such as time and innovation. The third section brings together a number of applied analyses of technological change and examines the effect of factors such as human resource constraints, patenting and science and technology indicators.

    Foreward, 1. Introduction. An appraisal of the economic analysis of technological change: The path to the last decade Part I. Research paths in the economic analysis of technological change 2. Economic evolution and technology strategy 3. Technical change and labour displacement. Some comments on recent model of technological unemployment 4. Broad production factors and technological systems 5. Different dimensions in the analysis of technological change Part II. Theoretical models of technological change 6. On diffusion and the process of technological change 7. A note on the diffusion of innovation 8. Technological and organizational innovations as problem solving activities 9. Time saving and innovative process Part III. Applied analyses of technological change 10. Black boxes and variety in the evolution of technologies 11. Human resources constraints in technological innovation processes. Theoretical considerations and empirical evidence 12. Firms, uncertainty and innovation policy: Some spatial considerations in an evolutinary framewark 13. Patenting abroad and firms' international technology strategy 14. Science and technology indicators: The state of the art and prospects for the future


    Gilberto Antonelli is Professor of Economics at the Univeristy of Bologna and Director of ISDE-CNR. Nicola De Liso is a full time researcher at ISDE-CNR.