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High-growth firms, innovation and the distance to the frontier

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  • Werner Hölzl

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    (Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO))

  • Klaus Friesenbichler

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    (Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO))

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This paper studies the differences in the R&D and innovation behaviour of high-growth firms for 16 EU countries. The results confirm that R&D and innovation are important characteristics for high-growth firms in countries close to the technological frontier, but not for high-growth firms in countries further away from the technological frontier.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 30 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 1016-1024

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-10-00122

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Keywords: R&D; high-growth firms; innovation; Europe; distance to the frontier; CIS;

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  1. Werner Hölzl, 2012. "Mobility Barriers and the Speed of Market Selection," WIFO Working Papers, WIFO 437, WIFO.
  2. Teruel Carrizosa, Mercedes & De Wit, Gerrit, 2011. "Determinants of high-growth firms:why do some countries have more high-growth firms than others?," Working Papers 2072/179670, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
  3. Daunfeldt, Sven-Olov & Elert, Niklas & Johansson, Dan, 2010. "The Economic Contribution of High-Growth Firms: Do Definitions Matter?," Ratio Working Papers, The Ratio Institute 151, The Ratio Institute.
  4. Hölzl, Werner & Janger, Jürgen, 2014. "Distance to the frontier and the perception of innovation barriers across European countries," Research Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 43(4), pages 707-725.
  5. Audretsch, David B. & Segarra Blasco, Agustí, 1958- & Teruel, Mercedes, 2014. "Why not all young firms invest in R&D," Working Papers 2072/225296, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
  6. Segarra Blasco, Agustí & Teruel Carrizosa, Mercedes, 2011. "High Growth Firms and Innovation: an empirical analysis for Spanish firms," Working Papers 2072/179669, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics.
  7. Werner Hölzl & Jürgen Janger, 2012. "Innovation Barriers across Firms and Countries," WIFO Working Papers, WIFO 426, WIFO.

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