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R&D, demand fluctuations and credit constraints: comparative evidence from Europe

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  • Kadri Männasoo

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  • Jaanika Meriküll

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    This paper contributes to the literature by investigating whether the cyclicality of R&D differs across countries with different levels of development. The paper uses micro-data from the World Bank/EBRD Business Environment and Enterprise Performance survey from 2001- 2007 and estimates bivariate probit model of firms\' R&D conditioned on credit constraints. The main results are: (1) The likelihood of a firm conducting R&D increases with sales growth and decreases with credit constraints. (2) R&D by firms is counter-cyclical to exogenous industry output and a negative industry demand shock has a stronger countercyclical effect on R&D than a positive industry demand shock does. (3) R&D is more counter-cyclical to demand shocks the further the country is from the technological frontier

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    Paper provided by Bank of Estonia in its series Bank of Estonia Working Papers with number wp2011-05.

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    Date of creation: 13 May 2011
    Date of revision: 13 May 2011
    Handle: RePEc:eea:boewps:wp2011-05

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    Keywords: R&D cyclicality; demand fluctuations; credit constraints; comparative study;

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