The Economics of Innovation: An Introduction

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Edward Elgar Publishing, May 14, 2014 - Technology & Engineering - 301 pages
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This text provides a comprehensive yet accessible introduction to the economics of innovation, written for those with some basic knowledge of economics.
 

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Contents

1 What is the economics of innovation about?
3
2 Innovation in the history of economic thought
7
PART II Aspects of innovation
21
3 Basic concepts in innovation
23
4 Process innovation
38
5 Product innovation
48
6 Innovative pricing
67
7 Network effects and standards
82
PART IV Innovation and the consumer
185
15 The passive consumer and the active consumer
187
16 The diffusion of innovations
198
PART V The effects of innovation
207
17 Innovation and trade
209
18 Innovation and market structure
217
19 Innovation and wealth creation
234
20 Innovation and competitiveness
247

8 Intellectual property
103
PART III How firms achieve innovation
117
9 Invention and creativity
119
10 The entrepreneur and innovation
131
11 Organisation for innovation
135
12 Vision and innovation
141
13 Clusters and networks
147
14 Division of labour
173
21 Innovation and Sustainability
252
PART VI Innovation and government
255
22 Innovation and policy
257
supplementary reading
273
References
279
Index of names
291
Index of topics
295
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