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The Economics of Research and Technology

1st Edition

By Keith Norris, John Vaizey


168 pages

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Originally published in 1973 this book applies economic analysis to scientific research and to industrial reserch and development and analyses the interactions between these activities and economic activities in general. The book begins by looking at the relationships between science and technology and then:

  • Analyses research and development in manufacturing industry
  • Explains the different levels of expenditure in research and development in different industries and the role of such expenditure in the growth of firms
  • Looks at the distribution of science and technology expenditure
  • Discusses the international transfer of technology

The book draws on evidence from several fields of study and imposes a theme upon the variety of evidence.

Table of Contents

1. Taxonomy

2. Resources Devoted to Science and Technology

3. Individual Inventors and Patents

4. Research and Development Expenditure in Manufacturing Industry

5. Research and Development in the Firm

6. Innovation

7. The Diffusion of Innovations

8. The Public Sector

9. Some International Questions

10. The Effects of Technological Change

11. Technology and Growth

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Economics and Business of Technology

Originally published between 1967 and 1999 the 50 volumes in this set examine the impact of technology on economics and international business. The volumes:

  • Present a synthesis of business functions and economic analysis and ask what the implications for skills development are and the effect of public policy
  • Report on global companies' experience with computers in company training in such areas as banking, finance, insurance, manufacturing, IT, the retail industry, transport, telecommunications and energy.
  • Look at the way in which some businesses in high technology manufacturing industry have organised their structures and processes in order to manage product innovation effectively.


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / Economics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory