Intellectual Property, Innovation and Economic Development series

This series of scholarly research is published in collaboration with Cambridge University Press. Each book in the series examines a major aspect of the interface between IP, innovation and economic development.

Economic analysis is complemented by contributions from other academic disciplines to present the latest scholarship and consider its real-world implications.

The series builds on studies by WIPO, reflecting the research interests of the international policy-making community.

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Latest: Harnessing Public Research for Innovation in the 21st Century

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How can policymakers improve knowledge transfer practices’ efficiency to help maximize innovation-driven growth and seek practical solutions to critical societal challenges?
This book aims to develop a conceptual framework to evaluate knowledge transfer practices and outcomes, improve knowledge transfer metrics, surveys and evaluation frameworks, generate findings on what does and does not work, and propose related policy lessons.

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The International Mobility of Talent and Innovation

The international mobility of talented individuals is a key part of globalization. In the quest to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, many governments have sought to attract skilled migrants from abroad, inciting both a global competition for talent and concerns about the displacement of domestic workers. This important new work investigates why skilled individuals migrate and how they shape innovation around the world.

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The Informal Economy in Developing Nations

The informal economy represents a significant share of output and employment in many developing countries. However, we know very little about this hidden engine of innovation. This pioneering study addresses some crucial questions and will stimulate further work on this crucial but under-researched subject. Besides rich empirical evidence from several groundbreaking studies, it includes conceptual and methodological tools and policy recommendations to help researchers and policymakers understand innovation in the informal economy.