Innovation, R&D Investment and Productivity in Chile
AbstractThis paper uses two sources of information and different methodologies to analyze the causal effect of product and process innovation on productivity in the Chilean manufacturing industry during the past decade. In general, the evidence suggests there is not a contemporaneous effect of product innovation on productivity, but there is a positive effect of process innovation. This notsignificant effect of product innovation contrasts with evidence of studies for other countries. However, the results show the presence of lagged effects product innovation on productivity two years after innovation. Compared with the case of developed countries, this evidence might be consistent with a very slow process of “learning by doing” on the part of Chilean firms with regard to mastering new technologies. These slow and frequently uncertain gains in productivity could help to explain the low levels of investment in research and development (R&D) activities by Chilean firms.
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Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Productivity; Innovation; Investment; Research and development; Chile;
Other versions of this item:
- Roberto Alvarez & Claudio Bravo Ortega & Lucas Navarro, 2010. "Innovation, R&D Investment and Productivity in Chile," IDB Publications 44318, Inter-American Development Bank.
- D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
- D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
- D92 - Microeconomics - - Intertemporal Choice - - - Intertemporal Firm Choice, Investment, Capacity, and Financing
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2010-12-11 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2010-12-11 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-INO-2010-12-11 (Innovation)
- NEP-SBM-2010-12-11 (Small Business Management)
- NEP-TID-2010-12-11 (Technology & Industrial Dynamics)
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