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Innovation and firm growth in high-tech sectors: A quantile regression approach

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  • Coad, Alex
  • Rao, Rekha

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We relate innovation to sales growth for incumbent firms in high-tech sectors. A firm, on average, experiences only modest growth and may grow for a number of reasons that may or may not be related to innovative activity. However, given that the returns to innovation are highly skewed and that growth rates distributions are heavy-tailed, it may be misleading to use regression techniques that focus on the 'average effect for the average firm'. Using a quantile regression approach, we observe that innovation is of crucial importance for a handful of 'superstar' fast-growth firms.

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  • Coad, Alex & Rao, Rekha, 2008. "Innovation and firm growth in high-tech sectors: A quantile regression approach," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(4), pages 633-648, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:respol:v:37:y:2008:i:4:p:633-648
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    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance

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