Is Japan's Innovative Capacity in Decline?

Lee Branstetter and Yoshiaki Nakamura

in Structural Impediments to Growth in Japan

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780226060217
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226060231 | DOI:
Is Japan's Innovative Capacity in Decline?

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This chapter documents, at the microlevel and the aggregate level, a slowdown in the growth rate of Japanese research productivity. Following a decade of convergence with the United States in terms of R&D inputs and outputs in the 1980s, Japanese and U.S. innovation trends diverged sharply in the 1990s. Measured in a common currency, real R&D outlays in Japan have grown much more slowly than in the United States. The gap in patent output that was closing rapidly in the 1980s began expanding again in the 1990s. The chapter concludes that there are reasonable grounds for concern about the relative performance of Japanese manufacturing firms in technology-intensive industries.

Keywords: R&D; research productivity; innovation trends; patent output; manufacturing firms

Chapter.  11755 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Business and Management

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