Thursday, March 22, 2012

Why make public investments in science?

I have my answer. Actually I have several answers, but it usually comes back to an externality-based argument.

One that I don't focus on too much is spin-off technologies (although these are special types of externalities themselves). Yet for some reason spin-offs can seem like the definitive justification for public investment in science by non-economist public science enthusiasts.

I think this is unfortunate and someday I'd like to articulate for a general audience why spin-off technology is not the strongest justification for public science available.

1 comment:

  1. Mainly because spin-offs can not be predicted or calculated in their likely creation.

    It's akin to saying that losing a leg is a great opportunity for robotics advancement.


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