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Heterogeneous Ideas Production and Endogenous Growth: An Empirical Investigation

We examine the dynamics of ideas production and knowledge-productivity relationship in a panel of 19 OECD countries. A new data set of triadic patents is used. We rigorously address the issues of cross-country heterogeneity and endogeneity. Domestic and foreign ideas stocks exert positive but heterogeneous effects on ideas production. We find evidence of duplicate R&D but little support for endogenous growth. Countries with low domestic ideas bases could considerably improve productivity through ideas accumulation; however, this effect is modest for countries with sizeable ideas bases. An implication is that country-specific R&D policy appears potentially more effective than the one-size-fits-all approach.

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Paper provided by Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section in its series Cardiff Economics Working Papers with number E2008/29.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Publication status: Published in Canadian Journal of Economics , vol. 42 (2009), 1176-1205
Handle: RePEc:cdf:wpaper:2008/29
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