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Technological dynamics and social capability: US states and European nations

Fagerberg, Jan LU ; Feldman, Maryann P. and Srholec, Martin LU (2014) In Journal of Economic Geography 14(2). p.313-337
Abstract
This article analyzes factors shaping technological capabilities in USA and European countries, and shows that the differences between the two continents in this respect are much smaller than commonly assumed. The analysis demonstrates a tendency toward convergence in technological capabilities for the sample as a whole between 1998 and 2008. The results indicate that social capabilities, such as well-developed public knowledge infrastructure, an egalitarian distribution of income, a participatory democracy and prevalence of public safety condition the growth of technological capabilities. Possible effects of other factors, such as agglomeration, urbanization, industrial specialization, migration and knowledge spillovers are also... (More)
This article analyzes factors shaping technological capabilities in USA and European countries, and shows that the differences between the two continents in this respect are much smaller than commonly assumed. The analysis demonstrates a tendency toward convergence in technological capabilities for the sample as a whole between 1998 and 2008. The results indicate that social capabilities, such as well-developed public knowledge infrastructure, an egalitarian distribution of income, a participatory democracy and prevalence of public safety condition the growth of technological capabilities. Possible effects of other factors, such as agglomeration, urbanization, industrial specialization, migration and knowledge spillovers are also considered. (Less)
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Innovation, technological capability, social capability, Europe, USA
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Journal of Economic Geography
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14
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313 - 337
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Oxford University Press
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1468-2702
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10.1093/jeg/lbt026
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  author       = {Fagerberg, Jan and Feldman, Maryann P. and Srholec, Martin},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
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  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  series       = {Journal of Economic Geography},
  title        = {Technological dynamics and social capability: US states and European nations},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbt026},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2014},
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