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Invention and Economic Growth

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$65.00 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674432833

Publication Date: 01/01/1966

332 pages

27 charts, 49 tables


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  • Preface
  • I. The Setting of the Problem
  • II. Patent Statistics
  • III. The Role of Intellectual Stimuli
  • IV. The Use of Important Inventions as a Cause of Further Invention
  • V. Productivity Advance: A Case of Supply and Demand?
  • VI. The Amount of Invention is Governed by the Extent of the Market—The Evidence of Time Series
  • VII. The Amount of Invention is Governed by the Extent of the Market—The Evidence of Cross Sections
  • VIII. The Changing State of Knowledge and the Supply of Inventions
  • IX. The Role of Demand in Consumer Goods Invention
  • X. On the “Inevitability” of Individual Inventions
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Appendixes
    • A. Statistical Appendix
    • B. Inventors Past and Present
    • C. Important Inventions in the Railroad Industry
    • D. Important Mechanical Inventions in Agriculture
    • E. Important Inventions in the Petroleum Industry
    • F. Important Inventions in the Paper Industry
  • Index

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