The Explicit Economics of Knowledge Codification and Tacitness
Posted: 20 Nov 2000
This paper attempts a greater precision and clarity of understanding concerning the nature and economic significance of knowledge and its variegated forms by presenting "the skeptical economist's guide to 'tacit' knowledge." It critically reconsiders the ways in which the concepts of tacitness and codification have come to be employed by economists, and develops a more coherent re-conceptualization of these aspects of knowledge production and distribution activities. It seeks also to show that a proposed alternative framework for the study of knowledge codification activities offers a more useful guide for further research directed to informing public policies for science, technological innovation and long-run economic growth.
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