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Keith Brouhle, Brad Graham and Donna R Harrington
''Knowledge flows within a government supported program''
( 2015, Vol. 35 No.4 )
This research investigates the role of a government sponsored network in promoting knowledge flows and technology diffusion. As new technologies and wider diffusion of existing technologies will be necessary to meet the challenges of global climate change, we investigate the ability of an environmentally oriented government network, the Climate Wise Program, to influence knowledge flows. Utilizing patent citations as a measure of knowledge flows, we investigate the extent to which the Climate Wise program created networks that affected citation patterns between co-participants of the program. We find that the Climate Wise program facilitated knowledge flows, though the effect was focused on inventors who already shared either a geographic network or social relationship.
Keywords: knowledge flows, networks, patents
JEL: Q5 - Environmental Economics: General
O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development: General
Manuscript Received : Mar 12 2015 Manuscript Accepted : Nov 20 2015

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