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Innovation, R&D Investment and Productivity in Colombia

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  • María Angélica Arbeláez

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  • Mónica Parra Torrado

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Abstract: The main objective of this paper is to establish a formal relationship between innovation and performance using Colombian firm-level data. We find that, as predicted by the literature, the production of goods and services new to the firm and to the domestic market enhances firms´ productivity and sales. In the same way, innovation in management and marketing boosts firms´ productivity and sales. However, contrary to theoretical predictions, the production of goods and services new to the international market has a strong negative impact on TFP, although it largely increases sales when firms invest in R&D. We also study the factors behind the firms´ decision to invest in innovation, the intensity of such investment and the returns to investment in innovation.

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  • María Angélica Arbeláez & Mónica Parra Torrado, 2009. "Innovation, R&D Investment and Productivity in Colombia," INFORMES DE INVESTIGACIÓN 009062, FEDESARROLLO.
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    1. Dennis Kristensen, 2009. "Semiparametric modelling and estimation (in Russian)," Quantile, Quantile, issue 7, pages 53-83, September.

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    Keywords

    Innovation; Productivity; Economic Performance; Total Factor Productivity; Generalized Tobit model; Firm-level data; Colombia.Desarrollo industrial; Innovaciones; Productividad.;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • C34 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models
    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General

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