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A Schumpeter-Inspired Approach to the Construction of R&D Capital Stocks

  • Jürgen Bitzer
  • Andreas Stephan

A new method for constructing R&D capital stocks is proposed. Following Schumpeter, the development of R&D capital stocks is modelled as a process of creative destruction. Newly generated knowledge is assumed not only to add to the existing R&D capital stocks but also, by displacing old knowledge, to destroy part of that capital. This is in stark contrast to the perpetual inventory method, which postulates a constant rate of depreciation. We compare both methods by estimating the impact of R&D and spillovers on output in OECD countries, and find that the new approach leads to more sensible and robust results.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 300.

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Length: 19 p.
Date of creation: 2002
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp300
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