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Determinants of Firm R&D: Evidence from Swedish Firm Level Data

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  • Gustavsson, Patrik

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    (Stockholm School of Economics and)

  • Poldahl, Andreas

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    (ESI)

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    This paper analyses determinants of firm R&D and if predictions from the model of creative destruction is supported by data using matched employer-employee longitudinal data on the Swedish manufacturing industry. In particular, we analyse the impact of competition on R&D. Using various measures of competition, results indicate that competition is likely to contract firm R&D expenditures. We do not find strong support for the expected large-firm advantage in R&D through scale effects. In addition, firm R&D appears positively correlated with its own export and to the R&D-intensity of other firms within the same concern, indicating the existence of knowledge spillovers.

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    Paper provided by Trade Union Institute for Economic Research in its series Working Paper Series with number 190.

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    Length: 23 pages
    Date of creation: 10 Nov 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:fiefwp:0190

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    Keywords: R&D; Competition; Firm size; Spillovers;

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    1. Sandra M. Leitner & Robert Stehrer, 2013. "R&D and Non-R&D Innovators in the Financial Crisis: the Role of Binding Credit Constraints," wiiw Working Papers 95, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
    2. Poldahl, Andreas, 2004. "Domestic vs. International Spillovers: Evidence from Swedish Firm Level Data," Working Paper Series 200, Trade Union Institute for Economic Research.

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