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Trade and innovation in global networks--regional policy implications

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Title: Trade and innovation in global networks--regional policy implications
Authors: Ernst, Dieter
LC Subject Headings: International trade - Effect of technological innovations on
Globalization - Government policy
Diffusion of innovations
Issue Date: May 2014
Publisher: Honolulu, HI : East-West Center
Series/Report no.: East-West Center working papers. Economics series;no. 137
Abstract: This Think Piece explores how integration into international trade through global networks of production (GPNs) and innovation (GINs) might affect a region's innovation capacity. As regions across the globe are progressively integrated into those global networks--some certainly more than others--these regions are all faced with a fundamental challenge: How might progressive integration of its firms into GPNs and GINs affect learning, capability development and innovation? Will network integration unlock new sources of industrial innovation? Or will it act as a poisoned chalice that will sap and erode the region's accumulated capabilities? The paper presents illustrative examples of how "ubiquitous globalization" increases the diversity and complexity of GPNs and GINs, and briefly discusses the underlying systemic pressures and enabling forces. In order to capture the gains for innovation that a region might reap from global network integration, the paper suggests moving from a one-way analysis of the external impacts on a region's innovation capacity to an analysis of two-way interactions. The paper concludes with Policy Implications and highlights Unresolved Issues for Future Research, including the critically important issues of spillover employment effects and inequality.
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Pages/Duration: 29 p.
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