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Measuring creativity: Learning from innovation measurement

Stephane Lhuillery (), Julio Raffo and Intan Hamdan-Livramento
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Intan Hamdan-Livramento: Economics and Statistics Division, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

No 31, WIPO Economic Research Working Papers from World Intellectual Property Organization - Economics and Statistics Division

Abstract: There is a growing interest in broadening the measurement scope of innovation and considering “creative” activities, meaning that the usual indicators of innovation satisfy neither scholars nor policy makers. Conceptually, there is not much difference between innovative and creative activity: but to what extent are current measures that capture innovation relevant for creativity? Can the new measures for creativity benefit from the experience accumulated through R&D and innovation? Our article provides insights and lessons learned from using measures of innovative activities for scholars who are interested in capturing creative activities. We underscore the difficulties faced when measuring innovation and draw some parallels of these difficulties with the efforts undertaken to measure creativity.

Keywords: innovation metrics; creativity measurement; patents; copyrights. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 O32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2016-02
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-cul, nep-ino, nep-ipr, nep-pr~ and nep-ure
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