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Knowledge Flows and R&D Co-operation: Firm-level Evidence from Germany

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  • Tobias Schmidt

    (ZEW Mannheim)

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This paper analyzes the determinants of R&D co-operation among German manufacturing firms. Using firm level data from the Third Community Innovation Survey from Germany, we focus on the role of spillovers in explaining R&D cooperation. We also investigate firms’ decisions to cooperate with research institutions or with suppliers and customers. Implementing a two-step estimation procedure, we find a significant effect of knowledge flows on the probability of R&D co-operation in most model specifications. Additionally, we show that firms with high intramural R&D budgets are more likely to cooperate with universities and research institutions than with suppliers and customers.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Development and Comp Systems with number 0506006.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 22 Jun 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0506006

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Keywords: Spillovers; R&D Co-operation; CIS 3;

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