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Economic analysis of knowledge: The history of thought and the central themes

Leppälä, Samuli 2012. Economic analysis of knowledge: The history of thought and the central themes. [Working Paper]. Working Paper Series, Social Science Research Network. Available at:

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Following the development of knowledge economies, there has been a rapid expansion of economic analysis of knowledge, both in the context of technological knowledge in particular and the decision theory in general. This paper surveys this literature by identifying the main themes and contributions and outlines the future prospects of the discipline. The wide scope of knowledge related questions in terms of applicability and alternative approaches has led to the fragmentation of research. Nevertheless, one can identify a continuing tradition which analyses various aspects of the generation, dissemination and use of knowledge in the economy.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge, information, belief, uncertainty, innovation, intellectual property rights, scientific research, technological change
Publisher: Social Science Research Network
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:31

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