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The perception of obstacles to innovation. Foreign multinationals and domestic firms in Italy

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  • Simona Iammarino
  • Francesca Sanna-Randaccio
  • Maria Savona

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This paper looks at the perception of obstacles to innovation of both foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) and domestic firms located in Italy. Drawing on firm-level data from the Italian third Community Innovation Survey (CIS3), we show that important differences in firms? perception of obstacles to innovation occur both across macro-regions and types of firms (i.e. foreign multinationals versus domestic firms belonging to a group and single domestic firms). The results offer support to the typical North-South divide that exists in the Italian innovation system. In addition, firms belonging to a group (especially foreign MNEs) appear to be less sensitive to their socio-economic and institutional context than single domestic firms.

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  • Simona Iammarino & Francesca Sanna-Randaccio & Maria Savona, 2009. "The perception of obstacles to innovation. Foreign multinationals and domestic firms in Italy," Revue d'économie industrielle, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(1), pages 75-104.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:reidbu:rei_125_0075
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