Book Review Maryann P. Feldman (1994). The Geography of the United States Small Business Administration Innovation. Economics of Science, Technology (SBA). This census data counts innovations by and Innovation. Dordrecht; Kluwer Academic culling citations from over 100 scientific and trade Publisher 1994, ISBN 0-7923-2698-9. journals. These data are superior to standard infor- mation about the productivity of R&D based on Starting in the early 1980’s, microeconomic counting patented inventions. That is because analysis sparked a discussion about the regional many patented inventions never become innova- dimensions of innovation activity including the tions and fewer still commercialized products. innovative behavior of firms. In the United States Also, many successful products were never and in Western Europe, entire regions were char- patented. These data about the origins of com- acterized as containing highly innovative firms, mercial innovations allow Feldman to attribute the with the consequence of low unemployment sources of the innovation directly to specific firms rates and encouraging growth perspectives. For and, in the case of a multiplant company, to the example, the Boston region in the United States, headquarters or its regional establishment. the Cambridgeshire district in the United In the introductory chapter, Feldman outlines Kingdom, the Emilia-Romagna area
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