nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2009‒08‒08
two papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Inventor networks in emerging key technologies: information technology vs. semiconductors By Holger Graf
  2. Technology Choice in the IT Industry and Changes of the Trade Structure By Yoshino, Hisao

  1. By: Holger Graf (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Economics Department)
    Abstract: We analyze the development of the German knowledge base measured by co-classifications of patents by German inventors and relate this technological development to changes in the structure of the underlying inventor networks. Our central hypothesis states that technologies which become more central to the knowledge base are also characterized by a higher connectedness of the inventor network. We exemplify our theoretical considerations in a comparative study of two patenting fields - information technology and semiconductors. It turns out that information technology shows the highest increases in patents but shows no of a key technology. Contrary, semiconductors develops towards a key technology, despite a moderate increase in the number of patents. The dynamic analysis of inventor networks in both fields shows an increasing connectedness and the emergence of a large component in semiconductors but not in information technology, which is in line with our expectations.
    Keywords: Knowledge relatedness, Innovator networks, Interdisciplinary research, Patents, Key Technology
    JEL: O31 Z13
    Date: 2009–08–06
  2. By: Yoshino, Hisao
    Abstract: In the IT industry, there has been a remarkable increase in the demand for system LSI. A system LSI must be produced, tailor-designed for each electrical appliance. It is said that this production method has made the IC cycle ambiguous in recent years. It can be sought that the choice of whether the economy pursues a development path centering on technology which is tradable or technology which is embodied in labor, depends on the historical background. The relationship between these two types of technologies is changing rapidly every one or two years. In this background, the analysis is focused on the new trend of technology. In the section 2, the newest trend of technology in the field of system LSI is explained. Then, which kind of technology will be developed and how it will have an affect in the near future, is considered.
    Keywords: Technology Choice, IT industry, Trade Structure, System LSI, Information technology, Information services industry
    JEL: F15 L63 O33
    Date: 2009–03

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