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The Innovative Performance of Foreign-owned Enterprises in Small Open Economies

  • Dachs, Bernhard

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    (Austrian Research Centers, Vienna, Austria)

  • Ebersberger, Bernd

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    (Management Center Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria)

  • Lööf, Hans

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    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology)

This paper compares the innovative performance of foreign-owned and domestically owned enterprises in five European countries. We look at innovation inputs, outputs, and examine how strong foreign-owned enterprises are embedded in the innovations systems of their host countries. We find that foreign ownership causes no differences in innovation input, but yields a higher innovation output and higher labour productivity. In four of the five countries, affiliates of foreign multinationals show a similar or even a higher propensity to co-operate with domestic partners than domestically owned enterprises

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Paper provided by Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation with number 87.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: 16 Apr 2007
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0087
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