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Title:The market place for ideas: An analysis of knowledge diffusion in academic journals PDF Logo
Authors:Heap, Shaun Hargreaves
Parikh, Ashok
Issue Date:2002
Series/Report no.:WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2002/71
Abstract:The thought that the academy might function like a ‘market place for ideas’ has been influential in the economics of science and is increasingly so in the philosophy of science/economic methodology literature. This paper contributes to this literature by examining one respect in which the academy may or may not resemble a market for ideas: it provides an empirical study of the diffusion of ideas within the academic community. In particular, it is concerned with the following questions: i) Is the pattern of diffusion in the academic community similar to that found in industry studies on the diffusion of new techniques of production? ii) Is the rate of diffusion faster in the academy or in industry? iii) Has the pattern of diffusion in the academy changed over time? – econometrics ; experimental techniques ; economics of science
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Discussion Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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