Productivity Growth and R&D Expenditure in Taiwan's Manufacturing Firms
AbstractThis study sets out to estimate the impact of R&D on productivity within the private sector, with further analysis of the different impacts of R&D in high-tech and conventional firms. The study also aims to estimate the rates of return on R&D investment and total factor productivity at firm level. Based on a sample of 136 large manufacturing firms listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange over the period 1994-2000, our findings suggest that Taiwan's R&D investment had a significant impact on firm productivity growth, with output elasticity standing at around 0.18. When the sample is divided into high-tech and conventional firms, the R&D output elasticity in high-tech firms is significantly greater than that of conventional firms. In addition, the average rate of return in high-tech firms is much larger than that estimated in other industries. Our empirical findings further show that although there was a dramatic decline in TFP in 1998 for all selected industries, this nevertheless started to climb again in 1999.
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Date of creation: May 2003
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Publication status: published as Jiann-Chyuan Wang, Kuen-Hung Tsai. "Productivity Growth and R&D Expenditure in Taiwan’s Manufacturing Firms," in Takatoshi Ito and Andrew K. Rose, editors, "Growth and Productivity in East Asia, NBER-East Asia Seminar on Economics, Volume 13" University of Chicago Press (2004)
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- NEP-ALL-2003-05-29 (All new papers)
- NEP-EFF-2003-07-29 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-INO-2003-05-29 (Innovation)
- NEP-SEA-2003-05-29 (South East Asia)
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