nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2006‒02‒12
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmstrom
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. 150 Issues of The Australian Economic Review: The Changing Face of a Journal over Time By Daina McDonald
  2. Crossing borders; when science meets industry. By Eric Canton; Debby Lanser; Joëlle Noailly; Marieke Rensman; Jeroen van de Ven

  1. By: Daina McDonald (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, and Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, The University of Melbourne)
    Abstract: The June 2005 issue of The Australian Economic Review (AER) was its 150th issue. This paper describes the changing face of the AER over this period. When it was launched in the late 1960s, the new journal was modelled on the National Institute Economic Review (NIESR) and its aims were similar. The content of the AER has changed over the years and it is no longer a clone of the NIESR. Neither is it a standard academic journal whose only or dominant aim is to publish refereed, contributed articles. The changes in content over time reflect the balancing of aims such as the dissemination of knowledge, participation in the economic policy debate and the maintenance of a readership base in a period during which there have been rapid advances in information technology, a growth in sub-specialties in economics, a greater use of “objective” measures of performance for academics and major changes in printing and publication technology.
    Date: 2006–01
  2. By: Eric Canton; Debby Lanser; Joëlle Noailly; Marieke Rensman; Jeroen van de Ven
    Abstract: Economic growth is ultimately driven by advances in productivity. In turn, productivity growth is driven by R&D and by utilisation of the public knowledge pool. This public knowledge pool is generated by universities and public research institutions. Underutilisation by firms of results from public research can deter economic growth, and the question then emerges how to bring science to the market. In this report we explore whether in Europe public knowledge is underutilised by firms, and investigate the quantitative importance of various knowledge transmission channels (such as publications, informal contacts, consulting). Next we study characteristics of universities and firms that may prevent an effective knowledge transfer. Finally we look at a number of policy initiatives designed to foster science-to-industry knowledge spillovers in the Netherlands and a selection of other countries.
    Keywords: science-to-industry knowledge spillovers; incentives; policy initiatives
    JEL: I28 O31 O38
    Date: 2005–10

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