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International trade, R & D spillovers and productivity: Evidence from Indian manufacturing industry

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  • M. Parameswaran

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    (Centre for Development Studies
    Institute of Economic Growth)

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    This paper examines the effect of trade facilitated R & D spillovers on the productivity of manufacturing firms in India. Though developing countries are considered as the major beneficiaries of trade facilitated R&D spillovers, detailed empirical investigations in their context are lacking. The paper distinguishes R&D spillovers into two types and examines their effect on productivity. It also considers the intersectoral variation in productivity effect and the importance of firms' investment in R&D, imported technology and plant and machinery in enhancing the effect on productivity. The paper uses firm level panel data and an improved estimation method. It shows that R&D spillovers have a significant effect on productivity and there exists intersectoral variation with greater contribution to productivity in technology intensive industries. The paper also shows that firms' investment in R&D and plant and machinery are enhancing the productivity effect of R&D spillovers.

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    Paper provided by Centre for Development Studies, Trivendrum, India in its series Centre for Development Studies, Trivendrum Working Papers with number 385.

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    Length: 55 pages
    Date of creation: Jun 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:ind:cdswpp:385

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    Keywords: R&D Spillover; trade; manufacturing industry; productivity;

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