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Amplifying User and Producer Innovation: The Power of Participation Motives

ByCHRISTINA RAASCH AND ERIC VON HIPPEL

The motivation to innovate is traditionally assumed to be associated with use or sale of the innovation created-the output. In this chapter we explore benefits from participation in the innovation process, such as enjoyment and learning, as an additional motivator. Using data from national representative surveys in the United Kingdom, United States, and Japan, we document that a significant portion of household sector innovation is today motivated by participation benefits rather than output benefits.