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R&D intensity and acquisition and divestiture of corporate assets: Evidence from Japan

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  • Ushijima, Tatsuo

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This article provides evidence from Japanese acquisitions and divestitures after the late 1990s on the effect of corporate R&D to stimulate inter-firm asset trade. Consistent with the notion that R&D increases a firm's opportunities for and ability to profit from synergy with external assets, regressions performed on a sample of publicly traded manufacturers reveal that R&D intensity and the breadth of patented technologies positively and significantly correlate with a firm's probabilities to acquire and sell off assets. The link of R&D and divestiture is qualitatively homogeneous across industries and time but the positive and significant R&D-acquisition link concentrates in industries where the interdependence of firms' innovative activities is relatively high and time when firms likely had large pent-up demand for asset trade.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economics and Business.

Volume (Year): 61 (2009)
Issue (Month): 5 (September)
Pages: 415-433

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jebusi:v:61:y::i:5:p:415-433

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Keywords: R& D Patent Acquisition Divestiture Japanese firm;

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