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Characteristics of the Top R&D Performing Firms in the U.S.: Evidence from the Survey of Industrial R&D

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  • Lucia Foster
  • Cheryl Grim

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Innovation drives economic growth and productivity growth, and as such, indicators of innovative activity such as research and development (R&D) expenditures are of paramount importance. We combine Census confidential microdata from two sources in order to examine the characteristics of the top R&D performing firms in the U.S. economy. We use the Survey of Industrial Research and Development (SIRD) to identify the top 200 R&D performing firms in 2003 and, to the extent possible, to trace the evolution of these firms from 1957 to 2007. The Longitudinal Business Database (LBD) further extends our knowledge about these firms and enables us to make comparisons to the U.S. economy. By linking the SIRD and the LBD we are able to create a detailed portrait of the evolution of the top R&D performing firms in the U.S.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau in its series Working Papers with number 10-33.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:10-33

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  1. Ufuk Akcigit & William R. Kerr, 2010. "Growth through Heterogeneous Innovations," PIER Working Paper Archive 10-035, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
  2. Daron Acemoglu & Ufuk Akcigit & Nicholas Bloom & William Kerr, 2013. "Innovation, Reallocation And Growth," Working Papers 13-23, Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau.

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