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How can firm benefit from access to knowledge-intensive producer services?

  • Lööf, Hans


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

  • Nabavi, Pardis


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

  • Johansson, Börje


    (CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology, Jönköping International Business School, CIRCLE at Lund University)

This paper examines variation in a productivity growth within a given location and between different locations. Implementing a dynamic panel data approach on Swedish micro data, we test the separate and complementary effect of innovation and spillovers from the local milieu. Measuring potential knowledge spillover by access to knowledge intensive services, the estimation results produce strong evidence of differences in the capacity to benefit from external knowledge among persistent innovators, temporary innovators and non-innovators. The results are consistent regardless of whether innovation efforts are measured in terms of the frequency of patent applications or R&D investments. We do not find any differences in growth among non-innovative firms across locations, while the growth rate increases with the access to external knowledge for innovative firms and especially for persistent innovators.

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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 283.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 26 Sep 2012
Date of revision: 11 Aug 2014
Handle: RePEc:hhs:cesisp:0283
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