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Determinants of Firm R&D: Evidence from Swedish Firm Level Data

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  • Gustavsson, Patrik

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  • Poldahl, Andreas

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This paper analyses determinants of firm R&D and if predictions from the model of creative destruction is supported by data using matched employer-employee longitudinal data on the Swedish manufacturing industry. In particular, we analyse the impact of competition on R&D. Using various measures of competition, results indicate that competition is likely to contract firm R&D expenditures. We do not find strong support for the expected large-firm advantage in R&D through scale effects. In addition, firm R&D appears positively correlated with its own export and to the R&D-intensity of other firms within the same concern, indicating the existence of knowledge spillovers.

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  • Gustavsson, Patrik & Poldahl, Andreas, 2003. "Determinants of Firm R&D: Evidence from Swedish Firm Level Data," Working Paper Series 190, Trade Union Institute for Economic Research.
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    1. Poldahl, Andreas, 2004. "Domestic vs. International Spillovers: Evidence from Swedish Firm Level Data," Working Paper Series 200, Trade Union Institute for Economic Research.
    2. Zouhour Karray & Mohamed Kriaa, 2009. "Innovation and R&D Investment of Tunisian Firms: A Two-Regime Model with Selectivity Correction," Working Papers 484, Economic Research Forum, revised Apr 2009.
    3. Sandra M. Leitner & Robert Stehrer, 2013. "R&D and Non-R&D Innovators in the Financial Crisis: the Role of Binding Credit Constraints," wiiw Working Papers 95, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, wiiw.
    4. Feng, Ping & Ke, Shanzi, 2016. "Self-selection and performance of R&D input of heterogeneous firms: Evidence from China's manufacturing industries," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 41(C), pages 181-195.

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    Keywords

    R&D; Competition; Firm size; Spillovers;

    JEL classification:

    • D40 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - General
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives

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