Publications – Dominique Foray


In response to ‘Six critical questions about smart spezialisation’

D. Foray 

European Planning Studies . 2019-09-09. Vol. 27, num. 10, p. 2066-2078 . DOI : 10.1080/09654313.2019.1664037.

The diversity of moral preferences: Evolutionary foundations and some implications in environmental economics

B. Thurm / P. Thalmann (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2019. 

Innovation capacity of the agricultural sector: network of productive interactions, knowledge transfer and differentiation mechanisms

C. M. Aouinait / D. Foray (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2019. 


On sector-non-neutral innovation policy: towards new design principles

D. Foray 

Journal of Evolutionary Economics. 2018-12-20. DOI : 10.1007/s00191-018-0599-8.

Smart specialisation strategies and industrial modernisation in European regions-theory and practice

D. Foray 

Cambridge Journal Of Economics. 2018-11-01. Vol. 42, num. 6, p. 1505-1520. DOI : 10.1093/cje/bey022.

IT Investment and its impacts

S. Hasan / C. Tucci (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2018. 

Economie de la Connaissance

D. Foray 

Paris: La Découverte Repères, 2018.

Smart specialization strategies and industrial modernization in European regions – theory and practice

D. Foray 

Cambridge Journal of Economics. 2018. 

Smart specialization strategies as a case of mission-oriented policy – a case study on the emergence of new policy practices

D. Foray 

Industrial and Corporate Change. 2018. Vol. 27, num. 5, p. 817-832. DOI : 10.1093/icc/dty030.

The Intellectual Organisation of History

G. Colavizza / F. Kaplan; M. Franceschet (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2018. 

Routines and Practices in Cross-boundary Creative Projects

G. Baldessarelli / C. Tucci (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2018. 


Environmental innovation, policy and economic performance

C. Pellegrin / D. Foray (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2017. 

Three Essays on Collective Forms of Organizing for Production and Innovation

J. Rodrigues Pereira / C. Tucci (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2017. 

Impedance Spectroscopy for Single Cell Analysis and Dispensing

D. V. Bonzon / P. Renaud; D. Bertrand (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2017. 

Does inventor centrality foster regional innovation? The case of the Swiss medical devices sector

M. Coffano; D. Foray; M. Pezzoni 

Regional Studies. 2017. Vol. 51, num. 8, p. 1206-1218. DOI : 10.1080/00343404.2017.1329585.

Narrative Recomposition in the Context of Digital Reading

C. A. M. Bornet / F. Kaplan (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2017. 

Diving into the dynamics of product evolution

O. Waeber / C. Tucci (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2017. 

Digital transformation, business models and the postal industry

N. H. Kollara / M. Finger (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2017. 


Innovation dynamics in the medical device sector

M. Coffano / D. Foray (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2016. 

Signaling and Self-regulation in Venture Capital

G. Liotta / C. Tucci; A. Wadhwa (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2016. 

On the policy space of smart specialization strategies

D. Foray 

European Planning Studies. 2016. Vol. 24, num. 8, p. 1428-1437. DOI : 10.1080/09654313.2016.1176126.


From transfer of technology to innovation : the centrality of the discovery process and economic knowledge

D. Foray 


Should we let the Genie out of the bottle? On the new industrial policy agenda and the example of smart specialisation

D. Foray 

Scienze Regionali. 2015. Vol. 52.

Can medical products be developed on a non-profit basis? Exploring product development partnerships for neglected diseases

V. Munoz; F. Visentin; D. Foray; P. Gaule 

Science And Public Policy. 2015. Vol. 42, num. 3, p. 315-338. DOI : 10.1093/scipol/scu049.

An assessment of the Innovation Union Scoreboard as a tool to analyse national innovation capacities: The case of Switzerland

D. Foray; H. Hollanders 

Research Evaluation. 2015. Vol. 24, num. 2, p. 213-228. DOI : 10.1093/reseval/rvu036.

Transition economics meets new structural economics

E. Berglof; D. Foray; M. Landesmann; J. Y. Lin; M. N. Campos et al. 

Journal Of Economic Policy Reform. 2015. Vol. 18, num. 3, p. 191-220. DOI : 10.1080/17487870.2015.1018691.

Common Innovation (how we create the wealth of nations) in the light of reflections on Mass Flourishing (how grassroots innovation created jobs, challenge, and change)

D. Foray 

Research Policy. 2015. Vol. 44, num. 7, p. 1403-1405. DOI : 10.1016/j.respol.2015.04.006.

Institutions, Innovation and Public Health

V. C. Muñoz Tellez de Kieffer / D. Foray (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2015. 

Mitigating Crime Risks in the International Logistics Network

T. A. Männistö / M. Finger (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2015. 

Three essays on the role of proximity in science and innovation

S. H. Baruffaldi / D. Foray (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2015. 

Smart Specialisation – Opportunities and Challenges for Regional Innovation Policy

D. Foray 

Routledge, 2015.


From smart specialisation to smart specialisation policy

D. Foray 

European Journal of Innovation Management. 2014. Vol. 17, num. 4, p. 492-507. DOI : 10.1108/EJIM-09-2014-0096.

The emergence of an educational tool industry: Opportunities and challenges for innovation in education

D. Foray; J. Raffo 

Research Policy. 2014. Vol. 43, num. 10, p. 1707-1715. DOI : 10.1016/j.respol.2014.07.010.

Product Development Partnerships for Neglected Diseases: Exploring a New Model of Pharmaceutical R&D

V. Muñoz; F. Visentin; D. Foray; P. Gaulé 

Science and Public Policy. 2014. Vol. August 24, p. 1-24.

Art of the possible

T. Peters / C. Tucci (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2014. 

Diversity, knowledge transfers and economic outcomes

M. Marino / D. Foray (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2014. 


Corporate Science and Voluntary Disclosure

M. Simeth / D. Foray (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2013. 

Patent-free Innovation: a review of economic works including the analysis of a recent work in the field of experimental economics

D. Foray 

Revue Economique. 2013. Vol. 64, num. 1, p. 9-27.


The fragility of experiential knowledge

D. Foray 

Handbook Of Knowledge And Economics; Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012.

Why is it so difficult to translate innovation economics into useful and applicable policy prescriptions?

D. Foray 

The rate and direction of inventing activity revisited; University of Chicago: National Bureau of Economic Research, 2012.

Public R&D and social challenges: What lessons from mission R&D programs?

D. Foray; D. C. Mowery; R. R. Nelson 

Research Policy. 2012. Vol. 41, num. 10, p. 1697-1702. DOI : 10.1016/j.respol.2012.07.011.

Three Essays on Navigating the Stages in New Venture Creation

J. Thiel / M. Gruber (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2012. 


A la recherche d’une spécialisation intelligente des Régions Européennes

D. Foray 

Futuris 2011 – La Recherche et l’Innovation en France; Paris: Odile Jacob, 2011.

The knowledge and the rabbit: can we measure what is on the other side of the scales?

D. Foray 

Güterabwägung bei der Bewilligung von Tierversuchen – Die Güterabwägung interdisziplinär kritisch beleuchtet; Zürich: Collegium Helveticum, 2011.

Le levier de l’innovation en manque d’incitations

D. Foray 

L’Economie, une science qui nous gouverne ?; Paris: Actes Sud / Institut des Hautes Etudes pour la Science et la Technologie, 2011.

Knowledge economy and services’industries – a case study of the educational sector

D. Foray 

Brain drain or brain gain?; Berlin: Sigma, 2011.

Educational innovation: an Economist’s perspective

D. Foray 

Rigour and relevance in educational research; Oslo: The Research Council of Norway, 2011. p. 35-44.

Social Software and Strategy

S. Haefliger; E. Monteiro; D. Foray; G. von Krogh 

Long Range Planning. 2011. Vol. 44, p. 297-316. DOI : 10.1016/j.lrp.2011.08.001.

An ontology-based comparative anatomy information system

R. S. Travillian; K. Diatchka; T. K. Judge; K. Wilamowska; L. G. Shapiro 

Artificial Intelligence In Medicine. 2011. Vol. 51, p. 1-15. DOI : 10.1016/j.artmed.2010.10.001.

The challenge of innovation in turbulent times

D. Foray; S. E. Phelps 


Smart specialisation From academic idea to political instrument, the surprising career of a concept and the difficulties involved in its implementation

D. Foray; P. A. DAVID; B. H. HALL 



Avec les armes de la sociologie de l’innovation: critique d’un travail récent d’économie expérimentale sur l’innovation et la propriété intellectuelle

D. Foray 

Débordements: Mélanges offerts à Michel Callon; Paris: Presses des Mines, 2010.

Le positionnement et les perspectives stratégiques des nanotechnologies en France

D. Foray; S. Lhuillery; J. D. S. Raffo 


Knowledge policy for development

D. Foray 

Innovation and development agenda; Paris: OECD Innovation Strategy, 2010.

University research and public-private interaction

D. Foray; F. Lissoni 

Handbook of the Economics of Innovation; Elsevier, 2010.

Structural Changes in Industrial R&D in Europe and the US

D. Foray; S. Lhuillery 

Science and Public Policy. 2010. Vol. 37, num. 6, p. 401-412. DOI : 10.3152/030234210X508606.

A primer on patent and innovation

D. Foray 

International Management. 2010. Vol. 14, num. 3.

La Révolution Numérique et ses conséquences

D. Foray 

Cahiers Français. 2010. num. 357.

The challenge of innovation in turbulent times

D. Foray; E. S. Phelps 


Socio-Economic Assessment of Fusion Energy Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment Programme

D. Bednyagin / D. Foray; E. Gnansounou (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2010. 


Science, technology and innovation for economic growth: Linking policy research and practice in ‘STIG Systems’

P. Aghion; P. A. David; D. Foray 

2009. 40th Conference on the Future of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Brighton, ENGLAND, Sep 11-13, 2006. p. 681-693. DOI : 10.1016/j.respol.2009.01.016.

Three essays on university-industry technology transfer and the economics of science

A. Conti / D. Foray (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2009. 

Examining how TRIPS implementation affects access to foreign technologies for developing countries

I. M. Hamdan-Livramento / D. Foray (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2009. 

The sources of process innovation in user firms

M. Bogers / D. Foray (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2009. 

Three essays on access to knowledge

P. Gaulé / D. Foray (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2009. 

ERA: Entrepreneurial Regional Action

D. Foray 

public service review: Science & Technology. 2009. num. 2, p. 44-47.

L’économie de la connaissance

D. Foray 

Paris: Éditions La Découverte, 2009.

The New Economics of Technology Policy


Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2009.


Overview on Knowledge for Growth: European issues and policy challenges

D. Foray; B. Van Ark 

Knowledge for Growth. European Issues and Policy Challenges; Luxembourg: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2008. p. 6-15.

Economie de la connaissance

D. Foray 

Dictionnaire de l’éducation; Paris: Presses Universitaires France, 2008. p. 187-191.

Combining the production and the valorization of academic research: a qualitative investigation of enacted mechanisms

J. Callaert; B. Van Looy; D. Foray; K. Debackere 

European universities in transition. Issues, models and cases; Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2008. p. 133-153.


Tacit and codified knowledge

D. Foray 

Elgar Companion to Neo-Schumpeterian Economics; Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2007. p. 235-247.

Enriching the indicator base for the economics of knowledge

D. Foray 

Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators in a Changing World. Responding to Policy Needs.; OECDpublishing, 2007. p. 87-100.

Pitfalls in Estimating the Returns to Corporate R&D Using Accounting Data

D. Foray; B. H. Hall; J. Mairesse 


Linking Policy Research and Practice in ‘STIG Systems’: Many Obstacles, but Some Ways Forward

P. Aghion; P. A. David; D. Foray 


Patents and development in the knowledge economy

D. Foray 

ICTSD Selected Issue Briefs. 2007. num. 1, p. 3-6.

Academic Licensing: a European Study

A. Conti; P. Gaulé; D. Foray 


Open software: knowledge openness and cooperation in cyberspace

D. Foray; S. Thoron; J-B. Zimmerman 

Internet and digital economics: Principles, methods and applications; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007. p. 368-390.

Randomized trials of education and medical practices: strengths and limitations

D. Foray; R. Murnane; R. R. Nelson 

Economics of Innovation and New Technology. 2007. Vol. 16, num. 5. DOI : 10.1080/10438590600982194.

Building the capacity to experiment in schools: a case study of the Institute of Educational Sciences in the U.S. department of Education

D. Foray; T. Cook 

Economics of Innovation and New Technology. 2007. Vol. 16, num. 5, p. 385-402. DOI : 10.1080/10438590600982475.

University-industry knowledge transfer in Switzerland

D. Foray 

How universities promote economic growth; Washington: The World Bank, 2007. p. 47-70.


Learning from disaster

D. Foray; R. Cowan; E. Fauchart Foray; P. Gunby 

Applied Evolutionary Economics and the Knowledge-based Economy; Edward and Elgar, 2006.

Caractériser les projets d’innovation fondés sur la connaissance: une approche sectorielle

D. Foray 

Management de projets; Hermes & Lavoisier, 2006.

Optimizing the use of knowledge

D. Foray 

Advancing knowledge and the knowledge economy; Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006. p. 9-16.

Linking policy research and practice in ‘STIG systems’: Many obstacles, but some ways forward

P. Aghion; P. A. David; D. Foray 


Globalization of R&D: linking better the European economy to ‘foreign’ sources of knowledge and making EU a more attractive place for R&D investment

D. Foray 


Une région apprenante dans le tournoi mondial

D. Foray; S. Lhuillery 

Le feu au lac; Zurich / Genève: NZZ Libro / Editions du Tricorne, 2006. p. 103-135.

Advancing knowledge and the knowledge economy

B. Kahin; D. Foray 

Cambridge: MIT Press, 2006.

The economics of open technology : collective organization and individual claims in ‘fabrique lyonnaise’ during the old regime

D. Foray; H. L. Perez 

New frontiers in the economics of innovation and new technology; London: Edward Elgar, 2006.

New frontiers in the economics of innovation and new technology: essays in honour of P. A. David

C. Antonelli; D. Foray; B. H. Hall; W. E. Steinmueller 

Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006.


Book Review on “The Economics of Knowledge” by D. Foray

M. Gruber 

Journal of Evolutionary Economics. 2005. Vol. 15, num. 5, p. 595-598.

La Suisse dans une économie globalisée de la connaissance

D. Foray; S. Lhuillery 


The explicit economics of knowledge codification and tacitness

R. Cowan; P. A. David; D. Foray 

Understanding industrial and corporate change; Oxford University Press, 2005.

Assessment and valuation of high growth companies

P. Frei / F-L. Perret (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2005. 

Optimalisation des formes d’organisation dans l’industrie de la construction

P. Pot / F-L. Perret (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2005. 

Le management des communautés virtuelles

O. Glassey / P. Rossel (Dir.)  

Lausanne, EPFL, 2005. 


The patent system and the dynamics of innovation in Europe

D. Foray 

Science and Public Policy. 2004. Vol. 31, num. 6, p. 449-456. DOI : 10.3152/147154304781779732.

Les enjeux économiques de l’innovation: bilan du programme CNRS

D. Encaoua; D. Foray; A. Hatchuel; J. Mairesse 

Revue d’Economie Politique. 2004. Vol. 1, num. janvier-février, p. 133-168.

New models of innovation and the role of information technologies in the knowledge economy

D. Foray 

Transforming enterprise: The economic and social implications of information technology; MIT Press, 2004.

L’économie fondée sur les savoirs

D. Foray 

Cahiers français. 2004. Vol. 323, num. novembre-décembre, p. 65-69.