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Global Influences on U.S. Auto Innovation


  • Paul Isely
  • Gerald Simons


There is a growing interest in the role that patents in one country have on product innovation in other countries. This paper contributes to the existing literature by using a firm fixed-effects model to investigate the connection between industry innovation (specifically that of the U.S. automobile industry) and a variety of micro and macroeconomic factors. Knowledge spillovers between countries are modeled using data from the Patent and Trademark Office, Census Bureau, and COMPUSTAT. The results indicate that German innovations affect U.S. firms differently from Japanese innovations: Japanese patents have a larger negative influence on U.S. auto manufacturers' patenting behavior.

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  • Paul Isely & Gerald Simons, 2002. "Global Influences on U.S. Auto Innovation," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 11(1), pages 25-34.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:11:y:2002:i:1:p:25-34 DOI: 10.1080/10438590210891

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    1. Ciro Biderman & Karen Polenske & Nicolas Rockler, 2005. "Demand and cost impacts of the 2 mm technology program in the US motor-vehicle market," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 14(7), pages 637-655.
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