New Rationales for Innovation Policy? A Comparison of the Systems of Innovation Policy Approach and the Neoclassical Perspective

Jena Economic Research Paper Series 2009-033

32 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2009

Date Written: May 1, 2009

Abstract

Ever since its introduction in the 1990s, the systems of innovations (SI) concept has received a great deal of attention from researchers and politicians. The systems of innovation policy (SIP) approach, which is based on the SI concept, is considered an alternative to neoclassical theory. Its goal is to provide new rationales and criteria for innovation policy, as well as concrete implications and guidelines for policymakers, that are more appropriate for innovation processes in comparison to the rationales and criteria of standard economic theory. The aim of this paper is to critically investigate to what extent the SIP approach provides additional rationales for public intervention in innovation processes compared to neoclassical theory.

Keywords: innovation, innovation systems, innovation policy

JEL Classification: O31, O38, P

Suggested Citation

Schroeter, Alexandra, New Rationales for Innovation Policy? A Comparison of the Systems of Innovation Policy Approach and the Neoclassical Perspective (May 1, 2009). Jena Economic Research Paper Series 2009-033, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1418651 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1418651

Alexandra Schroeter (Contact Author)

University of Jena ( email )

Furstengraben 1
Jena, Thuringa 07743
Germany

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