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East Asian Growth: Policy Lessons from Bangalore, India

  • Authors: Jan Vang and Cristina Chaminade
    Editors: Marc Bogdanowicz and Annaflavia Bianchi
  • EUR Number: Technical Note: JRC 63989
  • Publication date: 5/2011


This study aims to investigate the hypothesis that firms and regional innovation systems (RISs) in Asia are moving from competing on costs to competing by providing unique knowledge. RISs in developing countries have been traditionally associated with the lowest activities in terms of value-added. However, a few RISs in developing countries are beginning to challenge this, by carrying out functional upgrading and/or intersectoral upgrading. The study addresses the poorly understood issues of how the system of innovation evolves to support this transition process and what is the role of public policy.

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