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Innovation in Israel 1968-97 : A comparative analysis using patent data

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  • Innovation in Israel 1968-97
  • Trajtenberg, Manuel
  • National Bureau of Economic Research


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Title Innovation in Israel 1968-97
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A comparative analysis using patent data

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Author(English)

Trajtenberg, Manuel

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Cambridge:National Bureau of Economic Research

Date 1999-03
Pages 43
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Israel(Middle East)
Language English
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Original Format pdf
Subject Economy < Economic Administration
Industry and Technology < General
Holding National Bureau of Economic Research

Abstract

The israeli high tech sector is widely regarded as a hotbed of cutting-edge technologies, and as the growth engine of the israeli economy in the nineties and beyond. In this paper we present a close-up portrait of innovation in Israel for the past 30 years, with the aid of highly detailed patent data. We use for that purpose all israeli patents taken in the US (over 7,000), as well as US patents and patents from other countries for comparative purposes. The time path of israeli patenting reveals big jumps in the mid eighties and then again in the early nineties, reflecting underlying shocks' in policy and in the availability of relevant inputs. Israeli ranks high in terms of patents per capita, compared to the G7, the Asian Tigers' and a group of countries with similar GDP per capita. Finland is strikingly similar, Taiwan's patenting has grown extremely fast and is now on par with Israel, South Korea is rapidly closing the gap. (The rest omitted)