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Reverse causality in the R&D-patents relationship: an interpretation of the innovation persistence

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  • Anna Laura Baraldi
  • Claudia Cantabene
  • Giulio Perani

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Starting from the failure of the R&D-patents traditional relationship, when time-series and/or within-industry dimensions are included in the empirical analysis, the present work tries to contribute to the empirical literature from two directions. First, it performs a Granger causality test based on the theoretical presumption of a reverse patents→R&D link as an explanation for the failure of the traditional relationship. Second, assuming the reverse patents-R&D causality, we test and interpret the lag structure of such a relationship which shows the effective patent life that firms can expect within the two Schumpeterian patterns of innovations they belong to. In the light of the effective patent life , we offer a further explanation of innovation persistence which overturns the findings of the existing literature on persistence.

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  • Anna Laura Baraldi & Claudia Cantabene & Giulio Perani, 2014. "Reverse causality in the R&D-patents relationship: an interpretation of the innovation persistence," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(3), pages 304-326, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:23:y:2014:i:3:p:304-326
    DOI: 10.1080/10438599.2013.848059
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