Category Archives: Innovation

Patents and Innovation in Economic History

This is commonsense, but fortunately less crude economic methodology than has been pursued hitherto seems to be uncovering it: Abstract: A strong tradition in economic history, which primarily relies on qualitative evidence and statistical correlations, has emphasized the importance of … Continue reading

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The internet of money wherefore art thou?

My forward to Deloitte’s second report on digital money - The future of exchanging value: Cryptocurrencies and the trust economy. Exchanging value Ice becomes water when warmed. Only familiarity prevents us from marvelling at the mysteriousness of this ‘phase change’, as … Continue reading

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Political debate as culture wars: A TripAdvisor for the arts

As I’ve argued elsewhere, most public debates on policy – and I suspect on pretty much everything else – tend to take place as culture wars. In a culture war the ‘sides’ are well defined – usually mapping pretty well … Continue reading

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Conspiracies against the public: the Braille edition

When Adam Smith said that “people of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public” I read that statement broadly. He clearly intended to refer to business … Continue reading

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Surprises of the Internet

With the Internet being a regular feature of our lives for about 20 years now, what have been the related developments that were hard to pick at the outset? What are the lessons? Five thoughts: Communication and personal expression is … Continue reading

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Alfred Marshall: Founding theorist of Corporate Social Responsibility/Shared Value and social enterprise

Who knew that Alfred Marshall published an essay entitled “The Social Possibilities of Economic Chivalry” (1907) (pdf)? I didn’t until I came upon it the other day. Having now read it, it’s thoroughly Marshallian – very much of a piece with his dissenting … Continue reading

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The Impact of R&D Subsidy on Innovation

The Impact of R&D Subsidy on Innovation: a Study of New Zealand Firms by Adam B. Jaffe, Trinh Le – #21479 (PR) Abstract: This paper examines the impact of government assistance through R&D grants on innovation output for firms in New Zealand. … Continue reading

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