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National scientific capacity and R&D offshoring

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  • Thomson, Russell

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This paper presents new evidence regarding the role of national scientific capacity in driving patterns of R&D offshoring using a larger and more comprehensive dataset than has hitherto been used and applying it in a gravity model framework. Our results unambiguously support the importance of inventor country scientific capacity in attracting offshored R&D. As expected, the home country's scientific capacity is also found to play a positive role. We find that in fact, on average, firms source technology from less technologically advanced nations, suggesting that firms offshore to access niche skills.

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Volume (Year): 42 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 517-528

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Keywords: R&D offshoring; Foreign direct investment in R&D;

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