Nanotech after Biotech in Emerging Economies: Déjà Vu or a New Form of Catching Up?

S.V. Ramani*, J. Niosi

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Nanotechnology is a generic platform with potential applications in many sectors. It promises to be a motor of economic growth with inclusive development through innovation related to materials, foods, medicines, and so on. This book identifies the nature and magnitude of the nanotechnology divide between high-income countries and the rest of the world. It also studies the determinants of the evolution and functioning of state policy and technology clusters in developed regions like the USA and the EU in order to identify the strategies that can or cannot be replicated elsewhere. Tracing the trajectories in nanotechnology being carved out by four emerging countries: China, India, Brazil and Mexico, it identifies common as well as country-specific factors that influence the rates of return to public and private investment related to nanotechnology in emerging countries. The book also makes policy recommendations to bridge the nanotechnology divide while promoting economic growth and inclusive development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNanotechnology and Development: What's in It for Emerging Countries?
Editors S.V. Ramani
Place of PublicationNew Delhi
PublisherCambridge University Press
ISBN (Print)9781139794664
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


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