Technological Dynamics and Social Capability: Comparing U.S. States and European Nations

CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 455

50 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2012

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Jan Fagerberg

University of Oslo - TIK - Senteret

Maryann P. Feldman

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Public Policy; Kenan Flagler Business School

Martin Srholec

CERGE-EI; CIRCLE, Lund University

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Date Written: April 1, 2012

Abstract

This paper analyzes factors that shape the technological capabilities of individual U.S. states and European countries, which are arguably comparable policy units. The analysis demonstrates convergence in technological capabilities from 2000 to 2007. The results indicate that social capabilities, such as a highly educated labor force, an egalitarian distribution of income, a participatory democracy and prevalence of public safety, condition the growth of technological capability. The analysis also considers other aspects of territorial dynamics, such as the possible effects of spatial agglomeration, urbanization economies, and differences in industrial specialization and knowledge spillovers from neighboring regions.

Keywords: innovation, technological capabilities, European Union, United States

JEL Classification: R11, R12, O32, O33

Suggested Citation

Fagerberg, Jan and Feldman, Maryann P. and Srholec, Martin, Technological Dynamics and Social Capability: Comparing U.S. States and European Nations (April 1, 2012). CERGE-EI Working Paper Series No. 455, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2046936 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2046936

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