GIST Seminar

The 72nd GIST Seminar "Dimensions of India's Innovative Activity, Trends in Policies and Outcomes since 1991"

The 72nd GIST Seminar
Speaker Dr. Sunil Mani, Professor at GRIPS; Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Time April 21, 2016 6pm - 8pm (Doors open at 5:40pm)
Venue Research Meeting Room 1A, 1st floor, GRIPS
(7-22-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)(Access)
Sponsor GRIPS Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Program (GIST)
Language English
Fee Free (Pre-registration required)
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India liberalized its economy from extreme state intervention in economic activities in 1991. Subsequently it has become one of the fastest growing economies in the world. There is now some empirical evidence that this growth has been contributed to a large extent by increases in the growth of Total Factor Productivity (TFP) and there are many visible signs of innovative activity such as significant increases in the number of patents granted to Indian inventors in foreign patent jurisdictions such as the USPTO registering an impressive increase. Further the country has become a major exporter of computer software and high technology manufactured products such as aircraft and pharmaceuticals. A number of important technologies have been developed in India and has been exported even to the West and the country has become hub for R&D activities by MNCs. However these positive features are marred by a number of negative features such as the growing negative technology trade balance and a seemingly excessive dependence on MNCs. In the context, the seminar will discuss eight discernible dimensions of her innovative activity over the period since economic liberalization and will then conclude with four challenges the country's National Innovation System faces in order to place the direction and content of innovative activity on a sure path. The dimensions considered include:
-evolution of the country's NIS with business enterprises groping towards its core,
-declining importance of direct government intervention and replacing direct intervention with indirect instruments,
-growing globalization of India's NIS,
-performance of the agricultural innovation system,
-increasing the size and quality of her science and technology personnel,
-improving the effectiveness of its R&D tax incentive scheme,
-improving the ecosystem for innovative start-ups to emerge and
-diffusing science and technology to improve the delivery of especially education and health services.

Simplified personal history

Dr Sunil Mani is currently Visiting Professor at GRIPS. He is originally a professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. Professor Mani’s research interests are in the economics of innovation and specifically on innovation policy instruments. He has earlier taught at Bocconi University, Milan, Italy, University of Toulouse Jean Jaures, Toulouse, France and UNU-MERIT at Maastricht in the Netherlands.
His most recent book is Mani, Sunil and Richard Nelson (eds., 2013), TRIPS Compliance, National Patent Regimes and Innovation, Evidence and Experience from Developing Countries, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, Mass, USA. His latest book, due to be published later this year is: Mani, Sunil, Franco Malerba and Pamela Adams (eds.), Rise to market leadership, Evidence from Automotive, Pharmaceutical and ICT industries from emerging countries, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, Mass: USA: Edward Elgar, 2016 (forthcoming)


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