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Dollar-for-dollar, as discussed in the other article you posted, the overwhelming majority of technological progress comes from the private sector; not public research. There's a large literature to attest to this. Look at the journal "Research Policy" which is an economic journal. Search for papers on public vs private research. Most companies ignore research that doesn't originate either in the US or the country the company is in. I'm not sure free riding is such a problem. Countries seem to be competing for academic prestige; not cheap technology. 20-50 years seems generous; it's more often closer to never. A lot of applied researchers only have a vague awareness of basic research conducted in their field 20 years ago, so it's hard to get them involved. And basic researchers seem to generally not care about applying their research.






A lot of applied researchers only have a vague awareness of basic research conducted in their field 20 years ago, so it's hard to get them involved. And basic researchers seem to generally not care about applying their research.
Basic research does change the textbooks on the subject. While an applied researcher might not know of the exact experiment in basic research 20 years ago, he does read the textbook.
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