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Does Innovation Encourage Investment in Fixed Capital?

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  • Stephen Nickell
  • D Nicolitsas

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This paper presents an empirical investigation of the hypothesis that increased R&D expenditure by companies generates a subsequent increase in fixed capital investment both within the same companies and in the companies which they supply. We use an investment framework which involves modelling explicitly the expected present value returns to a marginal increment in the capital stock. This framework is directly suited to our purpose unlike the more standard Euler equation or Q models common in the literature. Our results indicate that R&D expenditure does indeed encourage investment in most industries and that there are no posibitive effects in the other direction. We have thus uncovered a part of the investment process but a more complete understanding awaits an improvement in our knowledge of the determinants of R&D.

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  • Stephen Nickell & D Nicolitsas, 1996. "Does Innovation Encourage Investment in Fixed Capital?," CEP Discussion Papers dp0309, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0309
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    1. Stephen Bond & Dietmar Harhoff & John Van Reenen, 2010. "Investment, R&D and Financial Constraints in Britain and Germany," NBER Chapters,in: Contributions in Memory of Zvi Griliches, pages 433-460 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Del Boca, Alessandra & Galeotti, Marzio & Rota, Paola, 2008. "Non-convexities in the adjustment of different capital inputs: A firm-level investigation," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 52(2), pages 315-337, February.
    3. Stijn Claessens & Luc Laeven, 2003. "Financial Development, Property Rights, and Growth," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 58(6), pages 2401-2436, December.
    4. Courvisanos, Jerry, 2000. "The Dynamics of Innovation and Investment, with application to Australia 1984 - 1998," Research Memorandum 003, Maastricht University, Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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