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Determinants of Firm R&D: The Role of Relationship-Specific Interactions for R&D Spillovers

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  • Patrik Tingvall

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  • Andreas Poldahl

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Research and Development (R&D) is a key component behind technological development and economic growth; therefore, understanding the drivers of R&D is crucial. An interesting question is the role of technology spillovers, transferred by trade, and their impact on firm R&D. Here we analyze not only how international and domestic inter- and intra-industry technology spillovers affect firm R&D but also the relatively unexplored issue of how relationship-specific interactions between buyer and seller affect such spillovers. We find international technology spillovers to be larger and more significant than domestic inter- and intra-industry spillovers. Moreover, relationship-specific interactions between seller and buyer enhance technology spillovers in general and international spillovers in particular. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

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Volume (Year): 12 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 395-411

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jincot:v:12:y:2012:i:4:p:395-411

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Keywords: R&D; spillovers; imports; relationship-specific investments; L1; L6; O1; O3;

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  1. Westerberg, Hans Seerar, 2014. "The Return to R&D and Seller-buyer Interactions: A Quantile Regression Approach," Ratio Working Papers 231, The Ratio Institute.

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