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Innovation, profitability and growth in medium and high-tech manufacturing industries: Evidence from Italy

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  • Claudio Cozza

    () (European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS))

  • Franco Malerba

    () (Department of Economics, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and KiTES Bocconi University, Milan, Italy)

  • Maria Luisa Mancusi

    () (Department of Economics, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy and KiTES Bocconi University, Milan, Italy)

  • Giulio Perani

    (ISTAT - SSI/D (Italian National Institute of Statistics), Rome, Italy)

  • Andrea Vezzulli

    () (Department of Management, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy and KiTES Bocconi University, Milan, Italy)

Abstract

The main goal of this paper is to assess the impact of product innovation on the economic performance of firms operating in medium and high-tech industries in general and of SMEs in particular. Using information from a large and unique dataset on Italian firms we estimate, by means of propensity scores matching methods, a positive and significant “innovation premium” both in terms of profitability and growth (in the short run) for those firms who introduced new innovative products. We also find that this innovation premium is particularly large for small firms and even more so when considering new established firms.

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  • Claudio Cozza & Franco Malerba & Maria Luisa Mancusi & Giulio Perani & Andrea Vezzulli, 2009. "Innovation, profitability and growth in medium and high-tech manufacturing industries: Evidence from Italy," KITeS Working Papers 028, KITeS, Centre for Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy, revised 2009.
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    Keywords

    innovation; profitability; growth; propensity score estimation;

    JEL classification:

    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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