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Economics of Knowledge

Theory, Models and Measurements Åke E. Andersson, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Finance and Statistics, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping and Emeritus Professor of Infrastructural Economics, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden and the late Martin J. Beckmann, formerly Professor of Economics, Brown University, US and Professor of Applied Mathematics, Technical University of Munich, Germany
The accumulation of knowledge through higher education, scientific research and industrial R&D is a key factor in economic and social development. This timely and valuable book focuses on the microeconomics of knowledge production and on the analysis of technical constraints, possibilities of collaboration and incentives of scientists, academic teachers and students. The advantages and disadvantages of centrally controlled and competitive university systems are also analyzed. The authors conclude with a set of decision-making rules for government, university administrations and industry.
Extent: 288 pp
Hardback Price: $136.00 Web: $122.40
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 978 1 84720 675 6
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  • Business and Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Knowledge Management
Economics of Knowledge explores the theory and empirical facts needed for rational decisions on knowledge investments, creative processes and management of knowledge based industries and institutions.

The accumulation of knowledge through higher education, scientific research and industrial R&D is a key factor in economic and social development. This timely and valuable book focuses on the micro- and macroeconomics of knowledge production, and on the analysis of technical constraints, possibilities of collaboration and incentives for scientists, academic teachers and students. The authors move on to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of centrally controlled and competitive university systems, before concluding with a set of decision-making rules for government, university administrations and industry.

This book on a hotly contested subject will be widely sought after by those with an interest in economics, management, operations research, regional science and planning as well as consultants to knowledge based industries. R&D managers of industrial firms will learn a great deal from this book as will managers of universities and research institutes.
Contents: Preface 1. The Study of Knowledge in Economics 2. Stock of Knowledge 3. Production of Knowledge 4. Scientific Interaction and Organization of Knowledge Production 5. Knowledge and Society 6. Household Knowledge Investments 7. Information and Knowledge in the Decision-Making of Firms 8. Expansion of Knowledge and Macroeconomic Growth References Index