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Economic Growth, Innovation and Government R&D: A Case Study on the German Nuclear Sector

Sheppard, Jonathan LU (2012) EKHR71 20121
Department of Economic History
Abstract (Swedish)
This paper looks at the potential economic outcomes of Germany’s Anti- Nuclear policies, especially the policies of the early 2000’s and those made in 2011 in the wake of the Japanese nuclear disaster at Fukushima, in which research and development (R&D) funding has been increasingly shifted away from the nuclear sector. This paper discusses the German case after it is established through theory and economic history that there is a link between economic growth, innovation, and government involvement in R&D and the innovation process. With this link established it is determined that the shift away from nuclear R&D could potentially be offset by increases in the R&D effort for renewable energy sources. However, it is recommended that a... (More)
This paper looks at the potential economic outcomes of Germany’s Anti- Nuclear policies, especially the policies of the early 2000’s and those made in 2011 in the wake of the Japanese nuclear disaster at Fukushima, in which research and development (R&D) funding has been increasingly shifted away from the nuclear sector. This paper discusses the German case after it is established through theory and economic history that there is a link between economic growth, innovation, and government involvement in R&D and the innovation process. With this link established it is determined that the shift away from nuclear R&D could potentially be offset by increases in the R&D effort for renewable energy sources. However, it is recommended that a minimal government interest in nuclear R&D should be maintained so as to not miss out on potential innovative nuclear breakthroughs and to maintain equality in knowledge and technological levels internationally. (Less)
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author
Sheppard, Jonathan LU
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EKHR71 20121
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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keywords
Innovation, Economic Growth, R&D, Germany
language
English
id
2837294
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2012-08-16 11:18:56
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  abstract     = {This paper looks at the potential economic outcomes of Germany’s Anti- Nuclear policies, especially the policies of the early 2000’s and those made in 2011 in the wake of the Japanese nuclear disaster at Fukushima, in which research and development (R&D) funding has been increasingly shifted away from the nuclear sector. This paper discusses the German case after it is established through theory and economic history that there is a link between economic growth, innovation, and government involvement in R&D and the innovation process. With this link established it is determined that the shift away from nuclear R&D could potentially be offset by increases in the R&D effort for renewable energy sources. However, it is recommended that a minimal government interest in nuclear R&D should be maintained so as to not miss out on potential innovative nuclear breakthroughs and to maintain equality in knowledge and technological levels internationally.},
  author       = {Sheppard, Jonathan},
  keyword      = {Innovation,Economic Growth,R&D,Germany},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Economic Growth, Innovation and Government R&D: A Case Study on the German Nuclear Sector},
  year         = {2012},
}