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Nanotechnology: A Call for Policy Research

Joshua Gorsuch and Albert Link

Annals of Science and Technology Policy, 2018, vol. 2, issue 4, 307-463

Abstract: We briefly overview U.S. policy initiatives related to nanotechnology and to the systematic investment in research that the U.S. Congress has approved to advance it over the nearly past two decades. Then, we summarize these U.S. research investments in nanotechnology, and we compare dimensions of nanotechnology activity in the United States to activity in other countries. The body of this paper is a nontechnical annotated bibliography of the relevant social science and policy literature; this bibliography is intended to serve as a reference document. Finally, we suggest specific directions for future policy research with a focus on a methodology for evaluating the social benefits of publicly funded nanotechnology R&D investments.

Keywords: Government programs and public policy; New Product Diffusion; Product innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O30 O32 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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