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Inventing Ideas: Patents, Prizes, and the Knowledge Economy

B. Zorina Khan


Abstract: How do knowledge and ideas influence the competitiveness of firms and nations? Current debates about grand innovation prizes, patent trolls, technological disruption, human capital, and the role of an entrepreneurial state reflect and replicate earlier controversies that took place on both sides of the Atlantic. This book shows how and why the ideas of creative individuals promote progress. The insights are based on original archival research regarding over 100,000 inventors, patented inventions, and innovation prizes in Europe and the United States during industrialization. This sys ... More

Keywords: economic growth, industrial revolution, innovation, institutions, intellectual property, knowledge economy, markets, national innovation systems, patents, prizes, technological change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190936075
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190936075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

B. Zorina Khan, author
Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College and National Bureau of Economic Research