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Bottom-up reforms to open up defense research contracting leads to greater innovation

Van Reenen, John ORCID: 0000-0001-9153-2907, Howell, Sabrina T., Rathje, Jason and Wong, Jun (2021) Bottom-up reforms to open up defense research contracting leads to greater innovation. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (04 Jun 2021). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Since the 1970s, major US defense contractors have become less innovative than their non-defense counterparts. In new research, Sabrina T. Howell, Jason Rathje, John Van Reenen and Jun Wong assess the US Air Force’s recent ‘Open’ bottom-up reform which gives defense contractors more freedom to go beyond technology specifications. They find that winning Open contracts meant firms were more likely to receive venture capital funding and win patents.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2021 14:48
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2021 23:04
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/111230

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