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Taking Keller seriously: trade and distance in international R&D spillovers

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  • Andrea Fracasso
  • Giuseppe Vittucci Marzetti

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In a much cited paper, Wolfgang Keller (Are international R&D spillovers trade-related? Analyzing spillovers among randomly matched trade partners, European Economic Review, 48, 1469-1481, 1998) claims that international R&D spillovers are global and trade-unrelated. In following works, Keller revisits his position and maintains that spillovers are localized because the tacit nature of knowledge favors the direct interaction among agents. Whether the international R&D spillovers are global and trade-related still remains a debated issue in the empirical literature. By adopting two empirical specifications that nest Keller's models, we i) reject the hypothesis that international R&D spillovers are global and ii) show that these latter depend on both geographical distance and international trade.

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Paper provided by Public policies and local development in its series Openloc Working Papers with number 1102.

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Handle: RePEc:trn:utwpol:1102

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Keywords: International R&D spillovers; International technology di usion; Localized knowledge spillovers; Total Factor Productivity;

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  2. Lumenga-Neso, Olivier & Olarreaga, Marcelo & Schiff, Maurice, 2005. "On `indirect' trade-related R&D spillovers," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 49(7), pages 1785-1798, October.
  3. Andrea Fracasso & Giuseppe Vittucci Marzetti, 2011. "Taking Keller seriously: trade and distance in international R&D spillovers," Department of Economics Working Papers 1106, Department of Economics, University of Trento, Italia.
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  1. Andrea Fracasso & Giuseppe Vittucci Marzetti, 2011. "Taking Keller seriously: trade and distance in international R&D spillovers," Openloc Working Papers 1102, Public policies and local development.

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