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Understanding co-operative innovative activity: evidence from four European countries

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  • Laura Abramovsky
  • Elisabeth Kremp
  • Alberto Lopez
  • Tobias Schmidt
  • Helen Simpson

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We investigate co-operative innovative activity in four major European countries, France, Germany, Spain and the UK, using internationally comparable firm-level data for manufacturing and service sectors. We examine the roles of knowledge flows, cost- and risk-sharing and public financial support in firms' decisions to collaborate. Our results suggest that firms which place greater value on external information flows are more likely to co-operate with the research base than with other firms and that firms facing appropriability problems are more likely to co-operate with the research base and with upstream and downstream firms than with direct competitors. We find evidence for Spain to suggest that firms collaborate to overcome risks and financial constraints. We also find that receipt of public support is positively related to undertaking collaborative innovation. In line with the focus of policy, this relationship is strongest for co-operation with the research base.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Economics of Innovation and New Technology.

Volume (Year): 18 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 243-265

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Keywords: co-operative innovation; spillovers; joint ventures;

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  1. Andr�s Barge-Gil, 2013. "Open Strategies and Innovation Performance," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(7), pages 585-610, October.
  2. Laura Abramovsky & Helen Simpson, 2008. "Geographic Proximity and Firm-University Innovation Linkages: evidence from Great Britain," The Centre for Market and Public Organisation, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK 08/200, Department of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
  3. Charlotte Schlump & Thomas Brenner, 2013. "Firm's cooperation activities: The relevance of public research, proximity and personal ties - A study of technology-oriented firms in East Germany," Working Papers on Innovation and Space, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography 2013-06, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  4. Bettina Becker, 2013. "The Determinants of R&D Investment: A Survey of the Empirical Research," Discussion Paper Series, Department of Economics, Loughborough University 2013_09, Department of Economics, Loughborough University, revised Sep 2013.
  5. Erika Badillo & Rosina Moreno, 2012. "“What Drives the Choice of Partners in R&D Cooperation? Heterogeneity across Sectors”," IREA Working Papers, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics 201213, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Jul 2012.
  6. Spyros Arvanitis & Areti Gkypali & Kostas Tsekouras, 2014. "Knowledge Base, Exporting Activities, Innovation Openness and Innovation Performance: A SEM Approach Towards a Unifying Framework," KOF Working papers, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich 14-361, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
  7. Barge-Gil, Andrés & Conti, Annamaria, 2013. "Firm R&D units and outsourcing partners: A matching story," MPRA Paper 44090, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Barge-Gil, Andrés & López, Alberto, 2011. "R versus D: Estimating the differentiated effect of research and development on innovation results," MPRA Paper 29091, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Erika Raquel Badillo & Rosina Moreno, 2014. "“Are R&D collaborative agreements persistent at the firm level? Empirical evidence for the Spanish case”," IREA Working Papers, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics 201410, University of Barcelona, Research Institute of Applied Economics, revised Mar 2014.
  10. Barge-Gil, Andrés & López, Alberto, 2012. "R&D Determinants: accounting for the differences between research and development," MPRA Paper 41270, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  11. Erika Raquel Badillo & Rosina Moreno, 2014. "“Are R&D collaborative agreements persistent at the firm level? Empirical evidence for the Spanish case”," AQR Working Papers, University of Barcelona, Regional Quantitative Analysis Group 201405, University of Barcelona, Regional Quantitative Analysis Group, revised Mar 2014.

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