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Doing R&D and/or Importing Technologies: The Critical Importance of Firm Size in Taiwan’s Manufacturing Industries

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  • Chialin Chang
  • Stéphane Robin

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We analyze the relationship between firm size and innovation inputs in Taiwan. Two inputs are considered: R&D and technology imports. Building on an existing theoretical framework, we test this relationship by estimating bivariate Tobit models in twenty 2-digit industries, using a panel of 27,754 firms observed from 1992 to 1995. We find that, in all industries, R&D intensity and/or technology imports intensity depend strongly on firm size, following an “inverted-U” pattern. Moreover, we find that most industries are only “mildly Schumpeterian”. Finally, our results provide some empirical evidence for complementarity between R&D and technology imports in the innovation process. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

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Volume (Year): 29 (2006)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: 253-278

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Handle: RePEc:kap:revind:v:29:y:2006:i:3:p:253-278

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Keywords: firm size; inter-industry comparisons; R&D; technology imports; O31; O33; L25; L60;

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