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International Knowledge Spillovers through High-Tech Imports and R&D of Foreign-Owned Firms

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  • Heike Belitz
  • Florian Mölders

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The international transmission of knowledge through import spillovers, as a source of TFP growth, has received much attention in the literature. We investigate two additional direct channels through which R&D disseminates: the import of high-technology goods and the internationalization of business R&D. Building on an extensive dataset, covering both developing and industrial countries, we add foreign owned patents as a proxy for R&D activities of multinationals. While we confirm the significance of import spillovers for all countries included, we find additional spillovers for developing countries through the import of high-technology goods. Only developed economies seem to benefit from the diffusion of knowledge that originates through cross-border cooperation in R&D by multinationals.

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  • Heike Belitz & Florian Mölders, 2013. "International Knowledge Spillovers through High-Tech Imports and R&D of Foreign-Owned Firms," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1276, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
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    1. Diego-Ivan Ruge-Leiva, 2015. "International R&D Spillovers and other Unobserved Common Spillovers and Shocks," Papers 1502.06805, arXiv.org.
    2. Ruge-Leiva, Diego-Ivan, 2015. "The Online Supplement to “International R&D Spillovers and other Unobserved Common Spillovers and Shocks”," MPRA Paper 62205, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Ruge Leiva, Diego Ivan, 2015. "International R&D Spillovers and other Unobserved Common Spillovers and Shocks," MPRA Paper 63500, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Productivity growth; technology diffusion; multinational enterprise;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • O47 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence

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