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On the uneven development of knowledge across sectors: future challenges for sectors which are lagging behind

A Triple Helix 5 Track proposed by

Dominique Foray, Collège du Management, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
email: dominique.foray@epfl.ch

Crisitano Antonelli, Department of Economics, University of Turin
email: cristiano.antonelli@unito.it

A strongly unbalanced and uneven development of knowledge across sectors and fields can be observed. These advances have been spectacular in some sectors such as ICT, and remarkable in dealing with some kind of human illness, but have been very limited in other areas, for example education, managerial knowledge or developing cities. A major policy concern is to understand the factors at the origin of such uneven development. An interesting question is to know whether new research methods based on randomised controlled trials may help to fill the gap for sectors such as education as it has been done in the case of public health where the use of randomised controlled trials has been (and still is) instrumental to advance knowledge and evidence.

Triple Helix Conference I Amsterdam, 1996 II New York, 1998 III Rio de Janeiro, 2000 IV Copenhagen, 2002 V Turin, 2005 VI Singapore, 2007 VII Glasgow, 2009 VIII Madrid, 2010 IX Stanford, 2011 X Indonesia, 2012 XI London, 2013
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