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Innovation CommonsThe Origin of Economic Growth$
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Jason Potts

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190937492

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190937492.001.0001

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The Innovation Problem

The Innovation Problem

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(p.27) 2 The Innovation Problem
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Innovation Commons
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Jason Potts

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190937492.003.0002

Explains the nature of the innovation problem as an economic problem in the context of economic trade and long-run growth. Distinguishes between a market failure definition of the innovation problem as an allocation problems and the innovation problem as a collective action problem of coordination and discovery. Defines the innovation commons as the zeroth phase of the innovation trajectory. Introduces the concept of discovery failure and discovery costs. This locates the argument of the book in the broader context of Schumpeterian, evolutionary, and Austrian “mainline economics” with a contextualization of the innovation problem simultaneously as both a knowledge problem and a coordination problem, and therefore as a governance problem solved with institutions.

Keywords:   innovation problem, coordination problem, collective action problem, discovery costs, innovation trajectory

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