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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)

Abstract: 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)
Date: 2015
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