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Sectoral Innovation Systems, Corporate Strategies, and Competitiveness of the German Economy in a Globalised World

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  • Michael Rothgang

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The EU Barcelona target assumes a close causal relationship between corporate R&D, the competitiveness of business firms and the economic performance of industrial countries. Testing this hypothesis, this paper contrasts innovation and production activities in four research intensive manufacturing sectors (chemicals and pharmaceuticals, motor vehicles, machinery, and electrical engineering). Starting point are observed long-term changes in worldwide value added of the manufacturing sector. The empirical analysis is based on a unique survey of R&D-intensive business firms in Germany and 50 personal interviews in large industrial companies. The results show that there is no simple connection between R&D and competitiveness. Moreover, the likely consequences of promoting R&D differ substantially between industries. COMMENT: Dirk Fornahl

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Article provided by Duncker & Humblot, Berlin in its journal Applied Economics Quarterly.

Volume (Year): 59 (2008)
Issue (Month): Supplement ()
Pages: 97-136

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Handle: RePEc:aeq:aeqaeq:v59_y2008_is_q5_p97-136

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Keywords: Sectoral Innovation Systems; Corporate R&D Strategies; Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals; Machinery; Electrical Engineering; Motor Vehicles; Bazaar effect;

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  1. Hans-Werner Sinn, 2005. "Basar-Ökonomie Deutschland - Exportweltmeister oder Schusslicht?," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 58(06), pages 03-42, 03.
  2. Malerba, Franco, 2002. "Sectoral systems of innovation and production," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 247-264, February.
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