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Where there is a will, there is a way? Assessing the impact of obstacles to innovation

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  • Pierre Blanchard
  • Jean Pierre Huiban
  • Antonio Musolesi

    (GAEL - Laboratoire d'Economie Appliquée de Grenoble - UPMF - Université Pierre Mendès France - Grenoble 2 - INRA - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique)

  • Patrick Sevestre

Abstract

The aim of this article is to assess the impact of obstacles to innovation on firms' propensity to innovate. We show that distinguishing between firms that do not innovate because they do not intend to and firms that try but fail or give up because of insurmountable obstacles is key for properly measuring the impact of the barriers to innovation. Estimating an innovation production function on appropriately defined subsamples allows obtaining consistent results, i.e. a significant and negative impact of the obstacles to innovation on firms' propensity to innovate. These results are robust to the definition of these subsamples, to the way "obstacles to innovation" are defined, as well as to the distinction between financial and nonfinancial obstacles.

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  • Pierre Blanchard & Jean Pierre Huiban & Antonio Musolesi & Patrick Sevestre, 2013. "Where there is a will, there is a way? Assessing the impact of obstacles to innovation," Post-Print hal-01064095, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01064095
    DOI: 10.1093/icc/dts027
    Note: View the original document on HAL open archive server: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-01064095
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