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Public support for business innovation in Mexico: a cross-sectional analysis


  • Juan L. Martinez-Covarrubias
  • Helena Lenihan
  • Mark Hart


Public support for business innovation in Mexico: a cross-sectional analysis. Regional Studies. This paper explores the impact of government support in Mexico on the likelihood of firms achieving functional and/or inter-sectoral upgrading in global value chains (GVCs). Employing a unique dataset, regression analysis was undertaken to estimate the predicted probabilities of firms upgrading in GVCs considering their regional location. The results suggest that firms located in Mexico City are more likely to achieve functional upgrading vis-à-vis northern firms. Additionally, the presence of a research and development laboratory is crucial if firms are to engage in upgrading. There was no evidence that government support affects the likelihood of firms achieving functional and/or inter-sectoral upgrading.

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  • Juan L. Martinez-Covarrubias & Helena Lenihan & Mark Hart, 2017. "Public support for business innovation in Mexico: a cross-sectional analysis," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 51(12), pages 1786-1800, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:51:y:2017:i:12:p:1786-1800
    DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1245414

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