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Internal and External R&D and Productivity – Evidence from Swedish Firm-Level Data

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  • Bergman, Karin

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    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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This paper uses a panel of Swedish manufacturing firms to examine the effects of internal and external R&D on total factor productivity over the period 1991-2004. The findings give some support to the notion of complementarity between internal and external R&D, especially in industries with high R&D intensities, and suggest that the employees’ level of education is important for the firm’s capabilities to absorb external R&D. However, external R&D is generally found to have a negative effect on productivity and internal R&D is only significant when not including interaction terms between internal R&D and external R&D or human capital.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011:27.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 20 Sep 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2011_027

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Keywords: Internal R&D; external R&D; productivity; Sweden;

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  1. Han, Sang Yun & Bae, Sung Joo, 2014. "Internalization of R&D outsourcing: An empirical study," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 150(C), pages 58-73.

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