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Determinants of Firm R&D: The Role of Relationship-specific Interactions for R&D Spillovers

  • Tingvall, Patrik Gustavsson

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

  • Poldahl, Andreas

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    (Statistics Sweden (SCB))

Research and Development (R&D) is a key component behind technological development and economic growth; therefore, understanding the drivers of R&D is crucial. An interesting question is the role of technology spillovers, transferred by trade, and their impact on firm R&D. Here we analyze not only how international and domestic inter- and intra-industry technology spillovers affect firm R&D but also the relatively unexplored issue of how relationship-specific interactions between buyer and seller affect such spillovers. We find international technology spillovers to be larger and more significant than domestic inter- and intra-industry spillovers. Moreover, relationship-specific interactions between seller and buyer enhance technology spillovers in general and international spillovers in particular.

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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 251.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 03 Jun 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0251
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