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Innovazione e ricerca nell'industria italiana. Alcune evidenze dell'indagine MET


  • Raffaele Brancati
  • Davide Ciferri
  • Andrea Maresca


R&D and innovation in Italian manufacturing firms: some evidence from the MET 2009 survey - This work provides results from a survey based on a very large sample (25,000 firms) of Italian manufacturing firms carried out by MET in 2008. This survey, completed straight before the deepening of the financial crisis, aims to offer a detailed picture of the Italian industrial system with its regional, dimensional and sector-based variability. We show some evidence related to innovation and R&D activities. Intense heterogeneity among Italian regions is identified (other than north/south dualism). The main contribution of the work is to provide some measures of innovation and R&D for the smallest firms. Firm size is particularly relevant in explaining the intensity of R&D and the spread of innovation. Nevertheless, there is a key role of small firms in explaining the aggregate innovation performance both at regional and national level. Strong links between Innovation, R&D and Internationalisation are confirmed. R&D activities among small firms have specific characteristics: external research is widespread with an important role played by laboratories shared with other firms.

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  • Raffaele Brancati & Davide Ciferri & Andrea Maresca, 2009. "Innovazione e ricerca nell'industria italiana. Alcune evidenze dell'indagine MET," ECONOMIA E POLITICA INDUSTRIALE, FrancoAngeli Editore, vol. 36(4), pages 193-207.
  • Handle: RePEc:fan:polipo:v:html10.3280/poli2009-004011

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    Innovation; R&D; firm size; manufacturing;

    JEL classification:

    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D


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