David Jacobson

David Jacobson
Dublin City University | DCU · Dublin City University Business School

PhD

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April 1983 - present
Dublin City University
Position
  • Emeritus Professor of Economics
Education
October 1973 - January 1980
Trinity College Dublin
Field of study
  • Economics
September 1972 - June 1973
University of Sussex
Field of study
  • International Economic Relations
October 1969 - June 1972
Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Field of study
  • Economics and International Relations

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Publications (75)
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This paper is about aspects of an optimal relationship between 2 firms, a supplier and a retailer, in a 2-party supply chain. The focus is on sharing private information when demand uncertainty exists so as to better coordinate the supply chain. It draws inspiration from a real case in Ireland of a new fish-processing company, Oceanpath, and a supe...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to clarify the position of Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot professionals in the hotel and tourism industry on the island of Cyprus with regards to their expectations regarding the benefit of a political solution to the Cyprus problem on the island. Design/methodology/approach The paper uses data from two su...
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In line with the Irish government's commitment in the "Road Map for Ireland’s Tax Competitiveness", published as part of Budget 2015, the Department of Finance called for submissions on the proposal to introduce a new corporation tax incentive – the Knowledge Development Box (KDB). This document was written and submitted in response to this call. I...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to show the relationship between food as a shared good (or public within the household) in the economic sense, and food as a shared meal in the sociological sense. Design/methodology/approach – Quantitative data derived from a household budget survey (HBS) in Cyprus are used to set up questions to which answe...
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Discussion on industrial policy in Ireland, including a summary of the results of the TASC Industrial Policy Commission's report.
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This research considers the effects of a settlement of the Cyprus problem on the tourism industry in the two parts of the divided island. The findings illustrate that the prevailing attitude of Greek Cypriot tourism professionals is that the status quo is a net loss for both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot tourism industries, while a strong m...
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This paper uses a variety of methods of statistical cluster analysis to examine how EU countries (other than the new East European members) are grouped. Using the four dimensions, family, market vs state, religion and clientelism, the results of the analysis are that Southern European/Mediterranean (SE/M) countries form a distinct cluster that, bot...
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This book shows that there is an industrial policy in Ireland, but that many aspects of it may not be recognised as such. Many policies impact on enterprises in Ireland. The enterprises are of all kinds, large and small, public and private, in industry and services; the policies too are varied, from innovation to taxes, from banking to the environm...
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This chapter critically examines aspects of Ireland's innovation policy and performance, focusing in particular on the difference between research-based and non-research-based innovation.
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There are three main aims of this paper. The first is to identify the role, if any, of the family in the provision of food between households. Second, the paper addresses the paradox of food at home in Cyprus appearing to be less shared than takeaway food. Third, the paper attempts to answer the question as to why older households spend more per pe...
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In this conceptual article, we extend earlier work on Open Innovation and Absorptive Capacity. We suggest that the literature on Absorptive Capacity does not place sufficient emphasis on distributed knowledge and learning or on the application of innovative knowledge. To accomplish physical transformations, organisations need specific Innovative Ca...
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Among the welfare pillars, family has been important relative to state or market in housing provision in Cyprus. In this respect Cyprus is similar to other southern European/Mediterranean countries, which are generally considered to have welfare systems characterised by the importance of family. Influence of family, described here by the term ‘fami...
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Cluster versus firm specific-factors in the development of dynamic capabilities in the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland: a study of responses to changes in environmental protection regulations, Regional Studies. This paper uses the evolutionary economic theory of the firm to examine the response of pharmaceutical manufacturing firms to changes in...
Book
This important book is about the origins and diffusion of innovation, in theory and in practice. The practice draws on a variety of industries, from electronics to eyewear, from furniture to mechatronics, in a range of economies including Europe, the USA and China. © Paul L. Robertson and David Jacobson 2011. All rights reserved.
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This paper addresses some of the questions raised in a debate between (Deaton and Paxson, 1998) and (Deaton and Paxson, 2003) and Gan and Vernon (2003) in the Journal of Political Economy. At issue is what, on the basis of theory, the behaviour of households should be in relation to expenditure on food, as household size increases. One argument is...
Book
This timely volume examines the state of public policy formulation in the Dublin city region and the implications for the key public policy processes and regional stakeholders of ongoing and potential changes in the region's economy and its relationship with other comparable city regions. The contributors offer elected representatives, policy maker...
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This chapter reviews the literature on industrial districts and leader firms. It examines the case of an industrial district-type structure in the fish processing industry in north Dublin, Ireland. Within this the relationship between a new fish processing firm and a supermarket is described.
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This chapter considers some aspects of the national policy environment and implications for local development in the Dublin region.
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This chapter critically examines government policy in relation to outward direct investment by Irish companies, and provides some data and analysis on firm behaviour in relation to ODI.
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The objectives of this book are threefold: (i) to identify and learn from examples of a positive relationship between tourism and peace; (ii) to make available the output of and to stimulate further academic research and scholarship focused on the tourism and peace proposition; and (iii) to move on from the original question of whether tourism cont...
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In this research, the authors investigate the willingness of Greek Cypriot tourism professionals to cooperate with Turkish Cypriot counterparts in the industry. The analytical framework draws on the literature on the conflict in Cyprus in general, and on the conflict and its impact on tourism in particular. A few hypotheses are explored relating to...
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The aims of the paper are to describe a particular network in the European aviation sector, to explain what is innovative about this network and to describe ways in which the network may evolve in the future. The paper describes the current state of the literature on human factors in aviation and shows how HILAS partners collaborate to innovate in...
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The economic crisis of the mid-1970s marked the transition from the traditional Fordist mode of industrial organization to one of time-based competition (TBC). It has been postulated that the rise of TBC will lead to an increase in local and regional production linkages. Part of the argument is that the associated search for logistical efficiency a...
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It is a general understanding that the advanced economies are currently undergoing a fundamental transformation into knowledge-based societies. There is a firm belief that this is based on the development of high-tech industries. Correspondingly, in this scenario low-tech sectors appear to be less important. A critique of this widely held belief is...
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There has been a resurgence of interest in the relationship between location and the innovativeness of firms. The research question addressed in this paper is the role that location plays in the innovation processes of low and medium technology firms. The literature on innovation and geographic proximity, combined with a reconceptualisation of the...
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According to the advocates of a "Generalized Darwinism" (GD), the three core Darwinian principles of variation, selection and retention (or inheritance) can be used as a general framework for the development of theories explaining evolutionary processes in the socio­economic domain. Even though these are originally biological terms, GD argues that...
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This chapter describes human factors innovation in the airline industry.
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This article is concerned with the application in a case study of three inter-related theoretical issues: new perspectives on technological change, learning organizations, and the question of market versus hierarchy in the relationships between firms. The case study is of the software manual printing industry in Ireland, and its relationship with t...
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This paper introduces the findings of a European research project on the innovativeness of industrial 'low-tech' sectors. This research was carried out in the context of the ongoing discussion about the emerging knowledge society. We argue that innovation depends not only on industries with frontline technological knowledge but also on low-tech ind...
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This paper considers the idea that technical information exchange in the context of time-based-competition encourages buyer-supplier proximity and local production linkages. The relevance of this idea was tested in a study of 11 subsidiaries of multinational microcomputer assemblers operating in Ireland and Scotland. We show that the assembly plant...
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This paper considers the idea that technical information exchange in the context of Time-Based-Competition encourages buyer-supplier proximity and local production linkages. The relevance of this idea was tested in a study of 11 subsidiaries of multinational microcomputer assemblers operating in Ireland and Scotland. We show that the assembly plant...
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This paper examines the dynamics of the computer hardware industry in Ireland and Scotland in a global context, from its inception in the late 1950s to the present. It provides a detailed account of plant openings and closures in both the system assembly and the component manufacturing segment. It describes the development of the computer hardware...
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This paper uses the example of a change in the regulatory environment of a particular sector to examine the role of organisational capabilities in firms' ability to respond to change. The central role of dynamic capability in implementing mandated technical change is established using quantitative techniques. Qualitative research is then used to ex...
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This chapter develops a broader than conventional understanding of regional policy that takes into consideration the functionally and sectorally specific effects of local institutions and policies. The main focus is on the pharmaceutical industry in Cork.
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This article differentiates between the evolution of trust in two main situations: where firms are geographically clustered and where they are spatially dispersed. While the former has received a lot of research attention, the latter has not. Drawing on the theoretical literature on economies of agglomeration, economies of association, trust, and s...
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This paper begins with a brief discussion of Ireland's recent economic success, focusing on aspects of industrial structure. A theoretical framework is then developed to facilitate comparisons between sub‐sectors. Globalization and localization, industries and markets, and interactions among firms are the three main constituents of this framework....
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Given recent changes in the methods of collecting international trade data and long-standing doubts about the validity of these data - but particularly with respect to services - this paper develops and applies a location quotient-based methodology for analyzing core-periphery dualism. This method obviates the need to use trade data in this type of...
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The business environment in which European firms operate is shaped by the technology and the infrastructure that are available to them. These two dimensions will be examined in this chapter. Following a brief introduction, the chapter is divided into four main sections, three on technology and one on infrastructure.
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This paper addresses why Irish industrialization is characterized in so many different ways. There is an application to a specific industry, the motor industry, and a more general reference to three elements of general importance reflected in this case, MNCs, the state and class structure in Ireland.
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Article critically reviewing recently published books on the car industry in Ireland.
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History and analysis of the decision to set up a production subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company in Cork, Ireland.
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We examine aspects of the impact of a new regime of environmental regulation in Ireland on pharmaceutical companies. We argue that differences prior to the introduction of the new regime between companies concentrated in one specific region and those in the rest of Ireland can in part be explained by the emergence of a regional system of innovation...
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This paper addresses a central problem for economic analysis and public policy in Europe. Should Europe focus on so-called high-technology or science-based industries in attempting to solve growth and employment problems? Or should it look to the growth prospects within the industries on which the European economy is actually based: low-technology...
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This article examines place, space and culture as factors in the development of industrial agglomerations. We argue that they are important concepts for industrial analysis which have, in part, been omitted by traditional neo-classical economists. We show the applicability of the framework in an investigation of the wooden furniture industrial dist...
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Bias, unreliability and omission have been documented in traditional sources of trade data; the lack of service data in trade statistics is the most frequently cited shortcoming. Current trade liberalization is likely to exacerbate these deficiencies. This paper develops and applies a location quotient based methodology for analysing core-periphery...
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Over the last two years we have conducted research on the costs of accidents in the workplace, monitoring 14 firms in the Republic of Ireland (RoI) over a 12 week period in 1995, and 11 firms in Northern Ireland (NI) over a 12 week period in 1996. Using a standard Report Form (Appendix I) which was filled in by the appropriate manager for every acc...
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In the mid-1980s, the OECD invented an economic classification that has had a spectacular career - the concept of high-technology, medium-technology and lowtechnology industries. This taxonomy was based primarily on the R&D intensity of industries, meaning the ratio of R&D expenditure to output. Industries with an R&D/Turnover ratio of more than fo...

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