Development of gender-specific technologies: Evidence from China, Poland and Sweden
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The broader interest and also the novelty of the research discussed here concerns gender aspects of technology use in the innovation system. The generic question that drives this research is to what extent it is necessary to distinguish between women and men in the use of technology. A second question is, if gender-specific differences exist, to what extent is the innovation system capable of utilizing experiences also from women. The empirical data presented here on women as innovators and users of technology indicate that there indeed exist differences in preferences between genders and that the innovation systems have been slow or incapable of exploiting these differences with a consequent welfare loss to society.