A Formal Discussion of the Sarewitz-Nelson Rules
Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Forthcoming
31 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 16, 2015
In this paper, we formally discuss the Sarewitz-Nelson rules for technological fixes (SN-rules). In their original form, the SN-rules were formulated from an implicit theoretical framework such that they define a broad technology assessment heuristic. This formulation has advantages and disadvantages. In this work, we propose that it is possible to make advances in the interpretation and use of the SN-rules, if we formally consider them as a procedure for technology screening, integrated within a wider process of technology choice and policy-making. This conception helps us to assess the nature and applicability of the SN-rules in different contexts, and allows us to position them as a contribution to the economic theory of technology policy.
Keywords: Innovation, Technology policy, Sarewitz-Nelson Rules, Fuzzy Sets
JEL Classification: O13, O33, O38
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