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Research, development, and firm growth. Empirical evidence from European top R&D spending firms

  • García-Manjón, Juan V.
  • Romero-Merino, M. Elena
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    Following recent literature, we present a model of endogenous firm growth with R&D investment as one of the main mechanisms of growth. Our study evidences a positive effect of R&D intensity on the sales growth by using OLS, quantile regressions, and GMM system estimators for a sample of 754 European firms for the 2003–2007 period. We also find this association is more intense in high-growth firms and is especially significant when referring to high-technology sectors. This paper gives empirical support to those recommendations from policy makers and business leaders for maintaining the R&D expenditures especially in high-technology sectors even when facing a recession.

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    Volume (Year): 41 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 1084-1092

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