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Economic Interdependence and Innovative Activity
An Input-output Analysis
How does innovation emerge from normal economic activity? Economic Interdependence and Innovative Activity is an original new book which tries to answer this question by reconciling inter-industrial analysis with the study of innovation. This book provides a bridge between economic statics and the dynamics of growth and development. As well as offering important and original empirical data for Canada, France, Italy, Greece and China, the authors make a series of theoretical advances and propose a new way to observe the innovative process as well as new analytical tools to examine innovative activity. Their central thesis is that innovative outputs emerge out of increased social interaction, and division of labour through cooperative networks. An authoritative theoretical introduction and some thought-provoking conclusions have been prepared by Christian DeBresson. Economic Interdependence and Innovative Activity encourage input-output economists to encompass innovative activities in dynamic models and innovation researchers to look at technical interdependencies.
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'DeBresson's book gives a new and inspiring life to input-output analysis by aiming at building a bridge to dynamic analysis of innovations by the use of detailed empirical data... the book clearly illustrates the need for and value of further empirically based information on this topic.' -- Ina Drejer, Research Policy 'I think this pioneer work is an inspiring starting point for further work on analysing the impact of networks and linkages on innovativeness. I hope it will encourage input-output economists in the future to encompass innovative activities in dynamic models as well as innovation researchers to look at economic and technological interdependencies when analysing the determinants of innovativeness.' -- Theo J.A. Roelandt, Kyklos '... this is a pionerring work, combining new or newly-compiled empirical findings with as yet - unpublished arguments, reasoning and trials designed to reconcile the host of existing theory with new and sometimes unexpected results... this book will be a challenge but also an encouragement for the community to follow in the footsteps of the analyses shown and to increase knowledge on the role of innovation in the economy.' -- Hermann Schnabl, Journal of Evolutionary Economics '... a rather useful addition to the library of students of innovation,' -- Joanna Poyago-Theotoky, The Economic Journal