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Analysis of efficiency in public research activities in terms of knowledge spillover: focusing on earthquake R&D accomplishments

Junhee Bae, Yanghon Chung and Hyesoo Ko ()
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Junhee Bae: Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM)
Yanghon Chung: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
Hyesoo Ko: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

Natural Hazards: Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards, 2021, vol. 108, issue 2, No 38, 2249-2264

Abstract: Abstract Many countries aim to efficiently allocate limited national research and development resources to produce optimal research. A proportion of limited national research and development (R&D) budgets is invested in technologies that are highly publicly available to create public benefits. However, unlike general technology, it is not easy to generate profits through the commercialization of public technology; therefore, instead of using existing methodologies, it is necessary to analyze the efficiency of public technologies from a qualitative point of view. In this study, a two-stage network data envelopment analysis was conducted to analyze the stages involved in knowledge diffusion and application and the efficiency of conducting public technology R&D activities with respect to knowledge spillover. Cross-country comparisons were conducted to understand the factors that generate differences in R&D efficiency. The results of the return to scale analysis imply that countries with a high frequency of earthquakes should increase or at least maintain the number of studies conducted on earthquakes, whereas countries characterized by fewer earthquakes should focus their R&D strategy on a particular research area. In addition, in the two-stage network data envelopment analysis, the USA, France, New Zealand, and South Korea exhibited efficient performance in both stages. Japan performed poorly in the knowledge diffusion stage due to its national characteristics; however, the earthquake reduction effects were prominent because Japan responded effectively at the knowledge application stage. In contrast, well-diffused research results in Turkey, Iran, and China were not efficiently utilized, which resulted in low knowledge application-level efficiencies.

Keywords: Data envelopment analysis; Two-stage data envelopment analysis; Knowledge spillover; Knowledge diffusion; Knowledge application; Cross-country comparison (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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