nep-ipr New Economics Papers
on Intellectual Property Rights
Issue of 2016‒02‒04
one paper chosen by
Giovanni Ramello
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”

  1. A simple index of innovation with complexity By José Fernández Donoso

  1. By: José Fernández Donoso (School of Business and Economics, Universidad del Desarrollo)
    Abstract: Patents are the main source of data on innovation. Since most of the innovative activity happens outside of the patenting system, and since patents –and innovations- have different quality, complexity, and impact on each market, unweighted sums of patents and proxies are a bad indicator of a country’s innovative activity. I generate a very simple index of innovation that weights patents and exports by a complexity measure. Country rankings using this measure are consistent with market size, GDP per capita, and technological development of each country
    Keywords: Innovation, Mesure of innovation, Patenting, Technological development
    Date: 2016–01

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