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Firm Characteristics and the Cyclicality of R&D Investments

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Aim of this study is to combine micro-aspects of firm behaviour with macro-aspects of business development and identify market conditions (for example, price competition) and firm characteristics (for example, type of R&D partners) that enable a firm to have a procyclical, anti-cyclical or non-systematic R&D investment behaviour. New elements of our analysis are: (a) the identification in our data of the above three main types of R&D behaviour with respect to the fluctuation of overall economic activity as measured by a standard composite indicator of the business conditions at industry level and (b) the investigation of a series of hypotheses as to innovation-relevant firm characteristics that underline the three different behaviour categories. The empirical results confirm to large extent our hypotheses and allow us to make profiles of the three types of R&D behaviour.

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Paper provided by KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich in its series KOF Working papers with number 11-277.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2011
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Handle: RePEc:kof:wpskof:11-277

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Keywords: R&D; anti-cyclical behaviour; pro-cyclical behaviour;

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  1. Alexander Eickelpasch, 2014. "R&D Behavior of German Manufacturing Companies during the 2008/09 Recession," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1357, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  2. Spyros Arvanitis & Marius Ley & Tobias Stucki & Martin Woerter & Florian Seliger, 2012. "Trotz Krise nach wie vor starke Position der Schweizer Wirtschaft im internationalen Innovationswettbewerb," KOF Analysen, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich, vol. 6(4), pages 31-40, December.

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