Research on Technological Change in the American Economy: A Brief Discussion.

by Alvin J. Harman

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Detailed comments on three papers presented at the "Technology" session of the Western Economic Association's 49th Conference, June 10-11, 1974: "The Innovative Process: An Empirical Approach," by E. C. Wood, "Public Policy Toward Commercial By-products from Government R&D," by C. Wolf, Jr., and "The Role of Technology in U.S. Trade and International Competitiveness of U.S. Companies," by M. Boretsky. A brief sketch of the economic world of changes in technology through R&D and innovation into which the papers fit is provided within the framework of (1) micro to macro perspectives, from the individual project or firm to the national or international implications; (2) sources of funding for R&D; (3) research problems; and (4) policy issues. 18 pp.

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