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Studying Innovation in Businesses: New Research Possibilities

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  • Nicholas Greenia
  • Kaye Husbands Fealing
  • Julia Lane

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The rapid pace of globalization and technological change has created demand for more and better analysis to answer key policy questions about the role of businesses in innovation. This demand was codified into law in the America COMPETES Act. However, existing business datasets are not adequate to create an empirically based foundation for policy decisions. This paper argues that the existing IRS data infrastructure could be used in a number of ways to respond to the national imperative. It describes the legal framework within which such a response could take place, and outlines the organizational features that would be required to establish an IRS/researcher partnership. It concludes with a discussion of the role for the research policy community.

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  • Nicholas Greenia & Kaye Husbands Fealing & Julia Lane, 2009. "Studying Innovation in Businesses: New Research Possibilities," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd09-100, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hst:ghsdps:gd09-100
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    1. Hagedoorn, John, 2002. "Inter-firm R&D partnerships: an overview of major trends and patterns since 1960," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(4), pages 477-492, May.
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    1. Carol Corrado & Julia Lane, 2009. "Using Cyber-enabled Transaction Data to Study Productivity and Innovation in Organizations," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd09-099, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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    Business microdata; innovation; confidentiality; researcher access; tax policy;

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