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Unbundling Technology Adoption and tfp at the Firm Level. Do Intangibles Matter?

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  • Michele Battisti

    (University of Palermo, CeLEG LUISS Guido Carli and RCEA)

  • Filippo Belloc

    (“G. d'Annunzio” University)

  • Massimo Del Gatto

    (“G. d'Annunzio” University and CRENoS)

Abstract

We use a panel of European firms to investigate the relationship between intangible assets and productivity. We disentangle between tfp and technology adoption, while available studies so far have considered only a notion of productivity conflating the two effects. To this aim, we estimate production function parameters allowing, within each sector, for the existence of multiple technologies. We find that intangible assets both push the firm towards better technologies (technology adoption effects) and allow for a more efficient exploitation of a given technology (tfp effects).

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  • Michele Battisti & Filippo Belloc & Massimo Del Gatto, 2012. "Unbundling Technology Adoption and tfp at the Firm Level. Do Intangibles Matter?," Working Papers 2012.98, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2012.98
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    Keywords

    TFP; Intangible Assets; Heterogeneity; Firm Selection; Technology Adoption; Mixture Models;

    JEL classification:

    • C29 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Other
    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • O32 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

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