The Changing Economics of Technological Learning: Implications for the Distribution of Innovative Capabilities in Europe

Part of the Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation book series (ESTI, volume 9)


When a new technology first appears as a possible solution to economic or technical problems, it is typically not well—understood. The degree to which any particular technology is subject to uncertainty about its characteristics and costs varies with the extent to which the technology is new and novel, but for some technologies it can be extreme. When this is the case, developing the technology will involve a considerable amount of learning about its functions, performance, and operational characteristics.


Total Factor Productivity Technical Change Tacit Knowledge Learning Paradigm Technological Learn 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Western OntarioCanada
  2. 2.IRIS TS and OECDCNRSFrance

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