Minerva Unbound: Knowledge Stocks, Knowledge Flows and New Knowledge Production

42 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2006 Last revised: 4 May 2013

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Lynne G. Zucker

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Michael R. Darby

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Global Economics and Management (GEM) Area; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jonathan Furner

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Robert C. Liu

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Hongyan Ma

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Date Written: November 2006

Abstract

The rate of regional growth of new knowledge in the field of nanotechnology, as measured by counts of articles and patents in the open-access digital library NanoBank, is shown to be positively affected both by the size of existing regional stocks of recorded knowledge in all scientific fields, and the extent to which tacit knowledge in all fields flows between institutions of different organizational types. The level of federal funding has a large, robust impact on both publication and patenting. The data provide further support for the cumulative advantage model of knowledge production, and for ongoing efforts to institutionalize channels through which cross-organizational collaboration may be achieved.

Suggested Citation

Zucker, Lynne G. and Darby, Michael R. and Furner, Jonathan and Liu, Robert C. and Ma, Hongyan, Minerva Unbound: Knowledge Stocks, Knowledge Flows and New Knowledge Production (November 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12669. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=941976

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Jonathan Furner

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Robert C. Liu

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Hongyan Ma

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