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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|June 2009||Instruments of Commerce and Knowledge: Probe Microscopy, 1980-2000|
in Science and Engineering Careers in the United States: An Analysis of Markets and Employment, Richard B. Freeman and Daniel Goroff, editors
|November 2006||Instruments of Commerce and Knowledge: Probe Microscopy, 1980-2000|
Longstanding debates about the role of the university in national culture and the global economy have entered a new phase in the past decade in most industrialized, and several industrializing, countries. One important focus of this debate is corporate involvement in academic scientific research. Proponents of the academic capitalism say that corporate involvement makes the university leaner, more agile, better able to respond to the needs of the day. Critics say that corporate involvement leaves society without the independent, critical voices traditionally lodged in universities. I argue that a science and technology studies perspective, using case studies of research communities, can push this debate in directions envisioned by neither proponents nor critics. I use the development ...