Seoul Journal of Economics
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Seoul Journal of Economics - Vol. 34, No. 3, pp.329-364
ISSN: 1225-0279 (Print)
Print publication date 31 Aug 2021
Received 19 Oct 2020 Revised 14 Dec 2020 Accepted 06 Jan 2021

Innovative Factors Affecting the Diffusion of the New Nanotechnology Paradigm, 1983–2013

Alenka Guzmán ; Flor Brown ; Edgar Acatitla
Alenka Guzmán, Professor, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa, Mexico, Tel: 005255-55-5804-6404
Flor Brown, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico, Tel: 005255-5068-3504
Edgar Acatitla, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico, Tel: 005255-3701-4651

JEL Classification: O33, O34


By examining innovative factors that could influence the diffusion of the new nanotechnology paradigm (NNP) across countries, we identify several innovative variables that relate positively to high nanotechnology diffusion across countries. In accordance with the Poisson count regression model based on the proposed nanotechnology patent data of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we find that the lag time of nanotechnology knowledge diffusion, the size of research teams, the invention scope of each nanotechnology patent, and technological cooperation seem to affect the NNP, with the first variable having a massive effect. Our objective is to use patent microdata to contribute to empirical research on nanotechnology diffusion.


Nanotechnologies, Diffusion, Innovative factors, United States Patent and Trademark Office patents


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