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The Role of Product Innovation Output on Export Behavior of Firms

This paper analyzes the role of innovation on the export behavior of firms. Using two waves of Swedish CIS data merged with register data on firm-specific characteristics. I estimate the influence of the innovation output of a firm on its export propensity and intensity, respectively. I find that the innovation output of firms (measured as sales due to innovative products) has a positive and significant effect on export behavior of firms. The results also show that it is indeed innovation output, rather than innovation input (innovative efforts), that matters for export behavior of firms. Specifically, innovation output leads to increase in later export propensity and intensity of firms. Moreover, there is also strong association of productivity and ownership structure of firms with export propensity and intensity of firms. The results are robust when unobserved time-invariant heterogeneity of firm and also potential endogeneity of innovation-export are taken into accounted.

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Paper provided by Center for Innovation and Technology Research, Blekinge Institute of Technology in its series CITR Working Paper Series with number 2013/05.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 03 Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bthcsi:2013-005
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