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Imports, Productivity and the Origin Markets -the role of knowledge-intensive economies

  • Lööf, Hans


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

  • Andersson, Martin


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

This paper investigates whether domestic firms’ productivity is an increasing function of imports from the most knowledge intensive economies in the world, i.e. the G7 countries. Using Swedish firm-level data, we confirm an instantaneous causality going from imports to productivity. We also show that productivity is increasing in the G7-fraction of total imports. Our results highlight the importance of import flows from R&D and knowledge intensive economies for productivity and are consistent with imports being a vehicle for technology diffusion. Tests of the sensitivity of the results suggest that G7 imports are particularly important for firms in high-technology sectors and for firms belonging to multinationals and domestic corporations.

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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 146.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 13 Oct 2008
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0146
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