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  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    Institutional Reforms, Private Sector, And Economic Growth In Africa

    The aim of this paper is to analyze the effect of institutional reforms on the revival of African economies. The authors study the impact of positive changes in business environment indicators of the Doing Business project and the Economic Freedom Index of the Heritage Foundation on the private sector development...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2011

    Political Connections And Investment In Rural Vietnam

    This paper uses household panel data from rural Vietnam to explore the effects of having a relative in a position of political or bureaucratic power on farmers' agricultural investment decisions. The authors' main result is that households significantly increase their investment in land improvement as a result of relatives moving...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    The When And Where Of Research In Agricultural Innovation Trajectories: Evidence And Implications From Rius South Asia Projects

    The question of how agricultural research can best be used for developmental purposes is a topic of some debate in developmental circles. The idea that this is simply a question of better transfer of ideas from research to farmers has been largely discredited. Agricultural innovation is a process that takes...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Dynamics Of Biosciences Regulation And Opportunities For Biosciences Innovation In Africa: Exploring Regulatory Policy Brokering

    Knowledge brokering has been explored in the innovation literature to understand how different innovation tasks are organised toward technological development. This paper reflects upon the role of different organisations as knowledge brokers in regulatory policy processes towards putting biosciences research into use. It identifies a practical function-based typology that describes...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Beyond Knowledge Brokerage: An Exploratory Study Of Innovation Intermediaries In An Evolving Smallholder Agricultural System In Kenya

    The recognition that innovation occurs in networks of heterogeneous actors and requires broad systemic support beyond knowledge brokering has resulted in a changing landscape of the intermediary domain in an increasingly market-driven agricultural sector in developing countries. This paper presents findings of an explorative case study that looked at 22...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Emerging Country MNEs And The Role Of Home Countries: Separating Fact From Irrational Expectations

    This paper takes a look at the research on Emerging country MultiNational Enterprises (EMNEs) over the last 25 years, and argues that growth in EMNE activity over the last 10 years continues to be dominated by Asian Newly Industrialised Countries (NICs), and to a lesser extent by Brazil, Russia, India...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Innovation Pathways And Policy Challenges At The Regional Level: Smart Specialisation

    This paper highlights the great diversity in development pathways and trajectories of innovation across European regions. A regional knowledge-based economy has multidimensional aspects. It includes a variety of knowledge activities and multiple interactions among a range of actors including universities, research institutes, enterprises, knowledge workers and institutions. The spatial patterns...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Technology Alliances In Emerging Economies: Persistence And Interrelation In European Firms Alliance Formation

    The authors analyze patterns and determinants of technology alliance formation with partner firms from emerging economies, with a focus on European firms' alliance strategies. They examine to what extent European firms' alliance formation with partners based in emerging economies is persistent, that is: to what extent prior collaborative experience determines...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Innovation And Diffusion Of Clean/Green Technology: Can Patent Commons Help?

    This paper explores the characteristics of 238 patents on 94 "Inventions" contributed by major multinational innovators to the "Eco-Patent Commons", which provides royalty-free access to third parties to patented climate change related innovations. By comparing the pledged patents to other patents in the same technologies or held by the same...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Are Health Care Payments In Albania Catastrophic? Evidence Form ALSMS 2002, 2005 And 2008

    The absent or poorly functioning risk pooling mechanisms and high amounts of out-of-pocket payments for health care expose households to financial risks associated with major illnesses or accidents. The aim of this paper is to analyse the extent to which out-of-pocket health spending impoverish the households in Albania. The paper...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    The Elusive Quest For The Golden Standard: Concepts, Policies And Practices Of Accountability In Development Cooperation

    Promoting public accountability plays an ever increasing role in the recent discourse on development cooperation. It is said to encourage a more efficient use of public funds, to decrease corruption, add to more legitimate, responsive and democratic institutions including government and therefore to enhance aid effectiveness (OECD/DAC, 2005). To realize...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Strengthening The Roles Of Political Parties In Public Accountability - A Case Study Of A New Approach In Political Party Assistance

    Donors in development cooperation increasingly emphasize the importance of public accountability in developing countries for the good functioning of democratic institutions, governance and the effectiveness of their aid. Political parties are prime actors in a democratic society that have essential roles to fulfill in public accountability. However, only few donors...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Voluntary Agreements And Community Development As CSR In Innovation Strategies

    The present paper examines how an innovating firm decides between two forms of Voluntary Agreements (VA) in a context, where a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) rather than a regulator watches over citizens' interests. The innovation generates profit and consumer surplus as well as environmental damage. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) within the...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    Promoting Return And Circular Migration Of The Highly Skilled

    Migration of skilled workers from developing countries has increased substantially in recent years. Traditionally, such patterns raised fears on the ground of the associated 'Brain drain' as human capital formation is considered to be of central importance to the development and reduction of poverty levels. Therefore, any loss of skilled...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2011

    A Historical Perspective On Immigration And Social Protection In The Netherlands

    Immigrant access to social protection in the Netherlands has changed quite markedly over time. This paper discusses the changes from an historical perspective and introduces a theoretical framework (the Welfare Pentagon) explaining how immigrants cope with (economic) hardship when they do not have access to formal social protection. The relationship...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    State-led Technological Development: A Case Of Chinas Nanotechnology Development

    The authors analyze the nanotechnology patent applications filed in China from 1998 to 2008 and find that the extraordinary nanotechnology development in China has been primarily promoted by the public sector but not driven by industry and market force. This finding implies that developing countries such as China with public...

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  • White Papers // May 2011

    Immigration And Growth In An Ageing Economy

    This paper argues that immigration can help to alleviate the burden ageing presents for the welfare states of most Western Economies. The authors develop a macroeconomic framework which deals with the impact of both ageing and immigration on economic growth. This is combined with a detailed model of the labour...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Microeconomic Analysis Of Rural Nonfarm Activities In The Kyrgyz Republic: What Determines Participation And Returns?

    This paper uses two representative household budget surveys from the Kyrgyz Republic to analyze factors influencing participation and returns from different types of nonfarm activities in 2005 and 2006. Nonfarm activities are found to be most important for the poor, who are pushed out of agriculture due to limited and...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Aid And Growth

    Some recent literature in the meta-analysis category where results from a range of studies are brought together throws doubt on the ability of foreign aid to foster economic growth and development. This paper assesses what meta-analysis has to say about the effectiveness of foreign aid in terms of the growth...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    Terms Of Trade And Growth Of Resource Economies

    The current paper demonstrates a dichotomy of the growth response to changes in the barter terms of trade, employing as case studies the two African countries, Botswana and Nigeria. Using distributed-lag analysis, the paper finds that the effect of terms of trade on output is positive and negative for the...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2011

    How Does Colonial Origin Matter For Economic Performance In Sub- Saharan Africa?

    This paper investigates some of the existing hypotheses regarding the transmission of different colonial legacies to modern day economic growth. The fact that different colonial strategies were pursued by different colonizers in various territories suggests possible ramifications for current development paths. This paper attempts to understand why economic growth performance...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Social Impacts Of The Development Of Science, Technology And Innovation Indicators

    This paper examines the social impacts of the development of science, technology and innovation indicators. The approach deals separately with the development process and with the use of the indicators that result. Underlying the discussion is an assumption that indicators are a technology, a product, which governs behaviour, is modified...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Absorptive Capacity In Technological Learning In Clean Development Mechanism Projects

    Technology transfer in Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects of the Kyoto Protocol has become one of the important issues addressed both in policy agenda and by academic scholars. In many CDM project host countries, technology transfer is among the key provisions of sustainable development objectives of the CDM projects. This...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    User Innovation And The Market

    This paper proposes a way of including in official statistics consumers as user innovators who modify or develop products for their own use. The issue addressed is the role of the market in the definition of innovation in the OECD/Eurostat Oslo Manual and the exclusion by the definition of consumers...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Growth And Recovery In A Time Of Default

    International narratives on Argentina's recovery from the crisis of 2001-02 tend to emphasize the role of rising commodity prices and growing demand from China. Argentina is said to have been 'Lucky', saved by global demand for its agricultural exports. The international narrative has also been used by local agricultural exporters...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Exchange Rate Regimes And Trade

    This paper revisits the link between exchange rate regimes and trade in the context of Africa's exchange rate arrangements. Applying an augmented gravity model that includes measures of currency unions and pegged regimes, the paper compares Africa's experience with that of the world. The authors' results suggest that both currency...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Globalization Crises, Trade, And Development In Vietnam

    Vietnam has been among the most successful East Asian economies, especially in weathering the external shocks of recent globalization crises - the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis and the 2008-09 great recession, financial crisis and collapse of global trade. Its success contradicts its characterization as an example of export-led growth and...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Net-Immigration Of Developing Countries: The Role Of Economic Determinants, Disasters, Conflicts, And Political Instability

    The authors provide regressions for the net immigration flows of developing countries. They show that savings finance emigration and worker remittances serve to make staying rather than migrating possible; lagged dependent migration flows have a negative sign in the presence of migration stock variables; stocks of migrants in six OECD...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    Assessing Risk Discourses: Nano S&T In The Global South

    Nano Science and Technology (Nano S&T) has potential to change our lives for the better, but at the same time, it causes also a significant amount of concern in terms of related health, environmental, ethical and societal risks. It is increasingly recognized that addressing these concerns requires appropriate governance of...

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  • White Papers // Feb 2011

    The Impact Of Foreign Direct Investment On Developing Countries' Terms Of Trade

    This paper first shows that important economic arguments in favor of the Prebisch-Singer hypothesis of falling terms of trade of developing countries have implicitly relied on the role of multinational corporations and foreign direct investment. As of yet, the relationship between the latter and terms of trade has not been...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Russia's Emerging Multinational Companies Amidst The Global Economic Crisis

    Internationalisation of Russian companies has become a distinctive phenomenon and has drawn attention of scholars, practitioners and policy-makers alike. Newly emerged Russian companies have extended their presence from the nearest former Soviet republics to the advanced markets of Western Europe and Northern America. As most companies in the world, in...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Labour Market And Unemployment In Sudan

    This paper examines the structure of labour market and unemployment in Sudan. One advantage of the analysis in this paper is that the authors explain several stylized facts on labour market using new secondary data on population, employment and unemployment based on Sudan Central Bureau of Statistics (2010) the Fifth...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Assessment Of Effectiveness Of China Aid In Financing Development In Sudan

    This paper fills the gap in the Sudanese literature and discusses the effectiveness of Chinese aid for financing development in Sudan using new primary data at the micro level. The authors find that the share of China in total loans and grants offered to Sudan greatly increased from 17% in...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Assessment Of Gender Gap In Sudan

    This paper examines the gender gap in education and investigates the related implications on labour market and returns to education in Sudan. The results confirm two stylized facts: first, the incidence of significant gender gap in education in Sudan and second, the incidence of gender inequalities and gap in skill...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Thailand's Development Strategy And Growth Performance

    Thailand's development strategy has been strongly market-oriented and open to trade and investment flows with the rest of the world. Since the late 1950s, its growth performance has been outstanding. Poverty incidence has declined dramatically, but economic inequality has increased. Economic progress has been reflected in very significant improvement in...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Growth, Inequality, And Poverty Reduction In Developing Countries

    The paper presents recent global evidence on the transformation of economic growth to poverty reduction in developing countries, with emphasis on the role of income inequality. The focus is on the period since the early/mid-1990s when growth in these countries as a group has been relatively strong, surpassing that of...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Sensitivity Of Loan Size To Lending Rates: Evidence From Ghana's Microfinance Sector

    This paper examines the combined effect of interest rates and poverty levels of microfinance clients on loan size. Cross section data on 2,691 clients and non-clients households from Ghana is used to test the hypothesis of loan price inelasticity. Quantile regression and variants of least squares methods that explore endogeneity...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Business Groups, Foreign Direct Investment, And Capital Goods Trade: The Import Behavior Of Japanese Affiliates

    The authors examine the impact of buyer-supplier relationships within business group on capital goods trade in the context of foreign direct investment by buyer firms and capital goods producers. A simple model in which cost-reducing relationship specific investments are underlying business group ties suggests that foreign affiliates of business group...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    The Incidence And Transfer Of Knowledge In The Arab Countries

    In this paper, the authors use the systematic, descriptive and statistical approaches, fill the gap in the Arab literature and present a more comprehensive analysis of the important ways of enhancing the incidence and transfer of knowledge in the Arab countries. Different from the conventional view in the literature that...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Natural Resource Industries, Tragedy Of The Commons And The Case Of Chilean Salmon Farming

    Chilean salmon farming has been considered as an outstanding example of success after growing at two digit rates for more than twenty years. With further insight, the authors now know that such rapid process of expansion came at the expense of sanitary and environmental deterioration. The outbreak of ISA -...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Strategic Partnering With Chinese Companies: Hidden Motives And Treasures

    In this paper the authors aim to investigate the key drivers of international alliance formation from the perspective of Chinese companies. The results indicate that Chinese companies enter into alliances with Western companies mainly to get accesses to international markets and to develop their technological and managerial competences further. Therefore...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Worker Remittances And Growth: The Physical And Human Capital Channels

    Remittances may have an impact on economic growth through channels to physical and human capital. The authors estimate two variants of an open economy model of these two channels consisting of seven equations using the General Method of Moments with Heteroscedasticity and Autocorrelation Correction (GMM-HAC) with pooled data for four...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Foreign Ownership, Technological Capabilities And Exports: Evidence From 205 Clothing Firms In Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka was the earliest South Asian economy to introduce economic reforms to attract export-oriented FDI. The rise of clothing production for export, apparently mainly driven by foreign firms, is regarded as a major outcome of the reforms. This paper seeks to examine a range of factors underlying firm-level export...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Employment, Innovation, And Productivity: Evidence From Italian Microdata

    Italian manufacturing firms have been losing ground with respect to many of their European competitors. This paper presents some empirical evidence on the effects of innovation on employment growth and therefore on firms' productivity with the goal of understanding the roots of such poor performance. The authors use firm level...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Rough Road To Market: Institutional Barriers To Innovations In Africa

    Translating R&D and inventive efforts into a market product is characterized by significant financial skills, and the ability to overcome technical and institutional barriers. Research into and translation of new technologies such as biotechnology products to the market requires even greater resources. This paper aims to understand the key factors...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Empirical Studies Of Innovation In The Knowledge Driven Economy

    This introduction to a special issue of EINT surveys a collection of ten papers that study various aspects of innovation and knowledge management and their impact on performance at the firm level for a number of countries. These studies have been conducted using data drawn from innovation surveys combined with...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    What Do Complex Adaptive Systems Look Like And What Are The Implications For Innovation Policy?

    This paper explores the use of complex adaptive systems theory in development policy analysis using a case study drawn from recent events in Uganda. It documents the changes that took place in the farming system in Soroti district during an outbreak of African Cassava Mosaic Virus Disease (ACMVD) and the...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Innovation For The Base Of The Pyramid: Critical Perspectives From Development Studies On Heterogeneity And Participation

    This paper criticises current BoP approaches for under-appreciating two issues that play vital roles in projects targeting the poor at the BoP: heterogeneity among the poor, and the intricacies of participatory partnerships between TNCs, the non-profit sector (NGOs) and local poor communities in the global south. The main contention is...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Tacit Knowledge And Innovation Capacity: Evidence From The Indian Livestock Sector

    To cope and compete in this rapidly-changing world, organisations need to access and apply new knowledge. While explicit knowledge is important, what is often critical is an organisation's ability to create access, share and apply the tacit or un-codified knowledge that exists among its members, its network and the wider...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Is That Innovation? Assessing Examples Of Revitalized Economic Dynamics Among Clusters Of Small Producers In Northern Vietnam

    This paper addresses the question whether innovation is within reach for small enterprises in developing economies by studying four cases of new technologies, products and business practices in traditional craft in Northern Vietnam. The paper starts with reviewing definitions of innovation since Schumpeter. It concludes that newness, value creation and...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Technology Frontier, Labor Productivity And Economic Growth: Evidence From OECD Countries

    The authors use 29 OECD countries data spanning over 1960-2000 to study the growth strategy when countries are close to the technology frontier. Relying on a semi-parametric generalized additive model, they estimate labor productivity equations. They find that the number of agents enrolled in higher education is a determinant of...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    A Different Look At Inward FDI Into Mainland China

    This paper aims to find out the relationship between inward FDI into China and China's economic development. According to the descriptive analysis of FDI data from 1980 till 2007, the authors found that there is a sectoral and regional biased distribution with regard to the inward FDI into China; they...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Innovation Dynamics In Tuberculosis Control In India: The Shift To New Partnerships

    Tuberculosis remains the biggest infectious killer in India and worldwide, and it has recently regained substantial international attention with its come-back in drug resistant forms. The environment, the disease and the societal response to it are changing and with it challenges and opportunities to control the disease. Innovation in a...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Types Of Entrepreneurship And Economic Growth

    In this paper, the authors empirically investigate the effect of entrepreneurship on economic growth at the country level. They use data from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, which provides comparative data on entrepreneurship from a wide range of countries. An important element of this paper is that they compare the effects...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship And Development

    Industrialization has long been seen as the answer to underdevelopment and poverty. First this led countries to follow protectionist import substitution policies but as these failed developing countries have opened up to trade and FDI and tried to follow strategies of export driven industrialization. If the authors consider the share...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Environmental Innovation: Using Qualitative Models To Identify Indicators For Policy

    Environmental innovation is an essential part of a knowledge based economy, as environmental innovation makes economies more efficient by encouraging and facilitating the use of fewer material or energy inputs per unit of output. In this respect, environmental innovation replaces material inputs with knowledge. Environmental innovation should also result in...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Innovation Policy, Entrepreneurship, And Development: A Finnish View

    This paper first reviews the economic rationales for innovation policy. It then describes the Finnish innovation policy and policy making environment. The Finnish policy is evaluated from the point of view of fostering entrepreneurship. R&D subsidies, the main tool of Finnish innovation policy, may not be a very effective way...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    The Growth Of Knowledge-Intensive Entrepreneurship In India, 1991 - 2007

    There is enough consensus to show that India's economic performance since 1991 is a direct result of the economic liberalization measures that have been put in place. One of the outcomes of this improved performance is the growth of innovations in the country. This was accompanied by or caused by...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Innovation And Microenterprises Growth In Ethiopia

    This paper addresses two prominent issues on the development of small enterprises in Africa. Which factors inhibit or foster innovation activities in small enterprises? Do innovators create more jobs? The authors use a large set of microenterprises survey data from Ethiopia that comprise 1000 observations with ten and fewer workers....

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Drivers And Barriers Of Innovation Dynamics In Healthcare Towards A Framework For Analyzing Innovation In Tuberculosis Control In India

    Tuberculosis remains the biggest infectious killer in India and worldwide, and it has recently regained substantial international attention with its come-back in drug resistant forms. The environment, the disease and the societal response to it are changing and with it challenges and opportunities to control the disease. Innovation in a...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2009

    Standards As A Platform For Innovation And Learning In The Global Economy: A Case Study Of Chilean Salmon Farming Industry

    Conventionally, standards are considered as a governance tool in the production system in a one-directional and hierarchical relationship between foreign Trans-National Corporations (TNCs) or global buyers on one hand and subsidiaries and producers on the other. They were considered as transmitting necessary specifications of goods - codified knowledge - to...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Systems Of Innovation

    The authors review the literature on national innovation systems. They first focus on the emergence of the concept of innovation systems, reviewing its historical origins and three main flavours (associated to three "Founding fathers" of the concept). After this, they discuss how the notion of innovation systems filled a need...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2009

    Endogenous Economic Growth Through Connectivity

    In this paper the authors show the benefits of regional connectivity and specialization to growth. Starting with one region they show how welfare measured by utility per head increases as the number of connected regions increase. They assume a common connectivity infrastructure implemented by satellite, through which the 'Great Connector'...

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  • White Papers // May 2010

    Entrepreneurship And The National System Of Innovation What Is Missing In Turkey?

    Although very dynamic and flexible, Turkish SMEs are less innovative than their European counterparts. The analysis undertaken in this paper allows assessing whether this low level of innovative activities is related to a lack of entrepreneurial behaviour and/or to the weaknesses of the Turkish innovation system. Exploring a unique firm...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Entrepreneurship Development And The Role Of Economic Transition In Entrepreneurial Activities In China

    This paper aims to elaborate on the entrepreneurship development in China and the role of China's economic transition in Chinese entrepreneurial activities. The authors address China's institutional transition environment, which is argued as the necessary condition of entrepreneurship development and the 'Incubator' of three generations of entrepreneurial activities. They make...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Pro-Poor, Entrepreneur-Based Innovation And It's Role In Rural Development

    Innovation spurs economic growth and development. Pro-poor innovation in rural areas is more likely to occur through small-scale ventures and entrepreneurs than industrial research and development. Whilst previous rural development policies have focused on small-holder agriculture, the fact is that most rural poor are landless poor and therefore unlikely to...

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  • White Papers // Jun 2010

    Financing Pro-Poor Entrepreneur-Based Innovation: A Review Of Existing Literature

    That innovation and entrepreneurship are important for poverty alleviation and development is well established. However, despite a general agreement that finance affects growth and development by supporting innovative activities in the economy, little has been written specifically on how pro-poor entrepreneur-based innovation in rural areas should be financed. This review...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2011

    Labour Market And Unemployment In Sudan

    This paper examines the structure of labour market and unemployment in Sudan. One advantage of the analysis in this paper is that the authors explain several stylized facts on labour market using new secondary data on population, employment and unemployment based on Sudan Central Bureau of Statistics (2010) the Fifth...

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  • White Papers // Apr 2010

    Drivers Of Brazilian Foreign Investments - Technology Seeking And Technology Exploiting As Determinants Of Emerging FDI

    The paper uses data from a recent survey on Brazilian firms to investigate the role of technology in the internationalization of firms, and whether if affects the destination of foreign investments. Emerging markets FDI is a much-debated topic these days, and their technology-seeking purpose is a strong driver for the...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Importance Of Technological Innovation For SME Growth Evidence From India

    This paper probes the drivers, dimensions, achievements, and outcomes of technological innovations carried out by SMEs in the auto components, electronics, and machine tool sectors of Bangalore in India. Further, it ascertains the growth rates of innovative SMEs vis-?-vis no innovative SMEs in terms of sales turnover, employment, and investment....

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Human Resource Management And Learning For Innovation: Pharmaceuticals In Mexico

    This paper investigates the influence of human resource management on learning from internal and external sources of knowledge. Learning for innovation is a key ingredient of catching-up processes. The analysis builds on survey data about pharmaceutical firms in Mexico. Results show that the influence of human resource management is contingent...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    India's Rural Financial System: Does It Support Pro-Poor Innovation?

    From the perspective of poverty alleviation, socially relevant, or pro?]poor, rural innovation is of particular interest in a country like India since it is in rural areas that most of the poor live. Pro?]poor innovation in rural areas is more likely to occur through small?]scale ventures and entrepreneurs than industrial...

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  • White Papers // Sep 2010

    Bridging The Financing Gap For Pro-Poor Innovation: Towards A Framework

    In many developing countries, pro-poor entrepreneurship and innovation is facing a financing gap. Such innovation suffers from a lack of finance especially from the mainstream (or core) of the financial system. Instead, the little support that exists comes from alternative sources at the periphery of the financial system. This substantial...

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  • White Papers // Dec 2010

    Business Groups, Foreign Direct Investment, And Capital Goods Trade: The Import Behavior Of Japanese Affiliates

    The authors examine the impact of buyer-supplier relationships within business group on capital goods trade in the context of foreign direct investment by buyer firms and capital goods producers. A simple model in which cost-reducing relationship specific investments are underlying business group ties suggests that foreign affiliates of business group...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2011

    Social Impacts Of The Development Of Science, Technology And Innovation Indicators

    This paper examines the social impacts of the development of science, technology and innovation indicators. The approach deals separately with the development process and with the use of the indicators that result. Underlying the discussion is an assumption that indicators are a technology, a product, which governs behaviour, is modified...

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  • White Papers // Mar 2010

    On The Delivery Of Pro-Poor Innovations: Managerial Lessons From Sanitation Activists In India

    There is an emerging body of literature that examines how pro-poor product innovations should be created and what business models should accompany them. However, there is little on actual implementation practises and the present paper attempts to fill this void by analyzing the findings of the literature and confronting them...

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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Economic Adversity And Entrepreneurship-Led Growth Lessons From The Indian Software Sector

    It is commonly believed that the business environment in developing countries does not allow productive technology-based entrepreneurship to flourish. In this paper, the authors draw on the experience of Indian software firms where entrepreneurial growth has belied these predictions. This paper argues that the business models chosen by Indian firms...

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  • White Papers // Jul 2010

    Assessing Innovations In International Research And Development Practice

    This paper integrates two distant bodies of literature - the literature on impact assessment of research and development interventions, and the literature on social psychology of assessing learning and innovations. Based on case studies of a series of projects implemented in India and Nepal under DFID's 11-year Renewable Natural Resources...

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  • White Papers // Oct 2010

    Innovation Strategy, Firm Survival And Relocation: The Case Of Hong Kong-Owned Manufacturing In Guangdon Province, China

    Based on a survey adapted from the Fourth European Community Innovation Survey (CIS-4), this paper finds that, in the changing manufacturing environment of Guangdong province in China, Hong Kong-owned businesses that generate a higher share in new product sales as a percentage of total sales or engage in R&D or...

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  • White Papers // Nov 2010

    Interrupted Innovation: Innovation System Dynamics In Latecomer Aerospace Industries

    In this paper the authors analyse the role of sectoral innovation systems in the emergence and catch-up of aerospace industries in latecomer economies. They argue that the aerospace sector is characterized by a process of interrupted innovation. Competitive pressures and the cyclical nature of the industry not only require shifts...

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