Archived — Working Paper Number 25, A Structuralist Assessment of Technology Policies—Taking Schumpeter Seriously on Policy, October 1998
Strategic Policy Sector
Economic Research and Policy Analysis Branch
Public policy can seek to accelerate or retard technological change, using incentives or disincentives that are either generally applied or narrowly focussed. This monograph evaluates a selection of government policies designed to influence technological change. The paper evaluates three types of policies (framework policies, focussed policies, and blanket policies) from the perspectives of two distinct theoretical paradigms (neoclassical theory and structuralist-evolutionary theory). The authors use the criteria developed in the paper to evaluate the Defence Industry Productivity Program, the Industrial Research and Assistance Program and a handful of other programs designed to encourage technological change. It concludes with a description of appropriate policy packages to encourage technology.
Catalogue number: C21-24/26-1998
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