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International spillovers and absorptive capacity: A cross-country cross-sector analysis based on patents and citations

  • Mancusi, Maria Luisa

This paper brings together the issues of knowledge spillovers and absorptive capacity, by assessing the role of prior R&D experience in enhancing a country's ability to understand and improve upon external knowledge. International spillovers are found effective in increasing innovative productivity in laggard countries, while technological leaders are a source rather than a destination of knowledge flows. Quantitative estimates of the effect of absorptive capacity on innovative performance, through knowledge spillovers, show that absorptive capacity increases the elasticity of a laggard country's innovation to international spillovers, while its marginal effect is negligible for countries at the technological frontier.

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Volume (Year): 76 (2008)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 155-165

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Handle: RePEc:eee:inecon:v:76:y:2008:i:2:p:155-165
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