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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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