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Technological capabilities in Central and Eastern Europe: an analysis based on priority patents

Iciar Dominguez Lacasa (), Alexander Giebler and Slavo Radosevic
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Alexander Giebler: Halle Institute for Economic Research

Scientometrics, 2017, vol. 111, issue 1, No 6, 83-102

Abstract: Abstract This contribution studies the technological capabilities of Central and Eastern European (CEE) economies based on priority filings for the period of 1980–2009. From a global perspective, the indicators suggest a division of labour in technological activities among world regions whereby Europe, Latin America and the former USSR are specializing in sectors losing technological dynamism (Chemicals and Mechanical Engineering) while North America, the Middle East (especially Israel) and Asia Pacific are increasingly specializing in Electrical Engineering, a sector with significant technological opportunities. Regarding priority filings, CEE reduced its technological activities drastically after 1990. The recovery of CEE economies regarding technological capabilities is unfolding very slowly. The results speak for the ability of CEE countries in contributing to a limited number of fields with growing technological opportunities. The technological profile of the CEE region will more likely than not complicate the technology upgrading process towards activities at the technological frontier.

Keywords: Technological capabilities; Patent indicators; Priority patents; Central and Eastern Europe; Country comparisons (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1007/s11192-017-2277-2

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