A Formal Discussion of the Sarewitz-Nelson Rules

Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Forthcoming

31 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2015

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Isabel Almudi

University of Zaragoza

Julio Sánchez Chóliz

University of Zaragoza

Francisco Fatás-Villafranca

University of Zaragoza

Date Written: December 16, 2015

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Almudi, Isabel and Chóliz, Julio Sánchez and Fatás-Villafranca, Francisco, A Formal Discussion of the Sarewitz-Nelson Rules (December 16, 2015). Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2704588

Isabel Almudi (Contact Author)

University of Zaragoza ( email )

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Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

Julio Sánchez Chóliz

University of Zaragoza ( email )

Gran Via 2
Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

Francisco Fatás-Villafranca

University of Zaragoza ( email )

Zaragoza, 50005
Spain

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