2012/10 LEM Working Paper Series

Exploring the causes behind the persistence of French technological specializations

Mafini Dosso
Technological specializations, Institutions, large firms

  JEL Classifications
C10, L29, O38

Responding to the research on the persistence of technological specializations, this paper puts forward a complementary explanation for the stability in the fields in which a country performs well relatively to other countries. The study investigates the French institutional and historical features that may explain the evolution of the relative technological strengths of French organizations since the end of the seventies. More precisely it focuses on the interplay between three related institutional factors, the relatively high commitment of the State, the prevailing role of French large firms and of the technical experts from the Grandes Ecoles in shaping France?s innovation system.
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