Explaining Innovative Activity In Service Industries: Micro Data Evidence For Switzerland
In this paper, we analysed empirically the innovative behaviour of firms in the Swiss service sector building on the wide consent in economic literature that demand prospects, type and intensity of competition, market structure, factors governing the production of knowledge (appropriability, technological opportunities), financing conditions as well as firm size are the main determinants of a firm's innovative activity. For the empirical work, we used firm data from nine service industries collected by the Swiss Innovation Survey 1999. We obtained a pattern of explanation of the innovative activity which looked quite plausible across the different types of innovation measures used (input-oriented and output-oriented innovation variables); it was also consistent to that found earlier for manufacturing. In general, the empirical model captured rather the characteristics of the basic decision to innovate rather than those of the decision to choose some level of innovative activity.
Volume (Year): 17 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
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