“Natural Resource Industries as a Platform for the Development of Knowledge Intensive Industries”

2015 (with Marin, A. and Navas-Aleman). Natural Resource Industries as a Platform for the Development of Knowledge Intensive Industries. Tijdschrift Voor Economische en Sociale Geografie. Vol 106, Issue 2, p. 154-168

Table of Contents:

The case against natural resources in development – based on data from two historical periods
Taking a long-term view: what is left from the NR curse?
The new (and renewed) forces creating innovation opportunities in natural resource-based networks
Changes in demand volume
Changes in demand requirements
Advances in science & technology (S&T)
Changes in the global market context
Two empirical illustrations
The agricultural sector in Argentina
The mining sector: examples from Chile


In the innovation and development literature, natural resources (NR) are generally viewed as a curse for developing nations and NR-based industries as having little potential to innovate and drive long-term growth. This has led policy and development experts to opt for strategies to induce a shift in the pattern of specialization towards other sectors. This paper proposes a different approach. By exploring recent evidence from the Argentinean agricultural sector and the mining industry in Chile, it points to the window of opportunity that NR industries offer as a platform to develop knowledge intensive industries with which to support economic development in resource-endowed countries. The lessons drawn from these findings suggest that development strategies can also promote more innovative knowledge intensive NR-based industries rather than moving away from them.




Published 2002

'...the book fills an important gap in the literature on business cycles and innovations. I most strongly commend it to all those attempting to understand the past and future evolution of technology and the economy.'

Christopher Freeman, Emeritus Professor, SPRU,
University of Sussex, UK

'...Carlota Perez shows us that historically technological revolutions arrive with remarkable regularity, and that economies react to them in predictable phases. Her argument provides much needed perspective not just on history, but on our own times. And especially on our own information revolution.'

W. Brian Arthur, Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico

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