Evolutionary convergence of the patterns of international research collaborations across scientific fields
Wang L. and
Mario Coccia ()
No 11, MERIT Working Papers from United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT)
Frame and Carpenter 1979 analysed the pattern of international research collaboration among scientific fields in 1970s. Starting from this pioneering work, this paper investigates international collaborations over 1997-2012 and compares the critical results with earlier studies to detect the evolution of collaboration patterns in different scientific fields. Empirical analysis supports two vital findings, given by a a relatively stable structure of international research collaborations over time across different scientific fields; b a convergent process of collaboration patterns between theoretical and applied research fields. One important deter-minant of the latter result might be due to the increasing interdisciplinary nature of research fields that supports the convergence between basic and applied sciences.
Keywords: Economic History; U.S.; Canada; Europe; Economic Development; Innovation and Invention; Technological Change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 O39 O10 N00 N31 N33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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