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R&D, Worker Training, and Innovation: Firm-level evidence

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  • Xulia González
  • Daniel Miles-Touya
  • Consuelo Pazó

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This paper analyzes the effects of R&D and worker training on innovation performance in a sample of Spanish manufacturing firms while distinguishing between large and small firms. Our findings suggest that R&D is a key factor in explaining firm innovation performance, and that worker training investment also has a significant effect, albeit one of less magnitude. The results confirm a complementary relationship: training reinforces the effect of R&D on innovation performance. The effects differ according to firm size and industry.

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Paper provided by Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada in its series Working Papers with number 1203.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:vig:wpaper:1203

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