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Innovation, R&D Investment and Productivity in Colombian Firms

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  • Arbeláez, María Angélica
  • Parra Torrado, Mónica

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This paper attempts to establish a formal relationship between innovation and productivity using Colombian firm-level data. It is found that the production of goods and services new to the firm and to the domestic market enhances firms' sales per worker, and innovation that results in introducing new goods and services to the international market boosts both sales and Total Factor Productivity (TFP). Innovation in processes likewise improves firms' productivity and sales. Finally, innovation in marketing and management increases sales per worker and enhances TFP when investment is made in Research and Development. The paper also studies the factors behind firms' decision to invest in innovation, the intensity of such investment and the returns to investment in innovation.

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  • Arbeláez, María Angélica & Parra Torrado, Mónica, 2011. "Innovation, R&D Investment and Productivity in Colombian Firms," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 3074, Inter-American Development Bank.
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    Keywords

    IDB-WP-251; Innovation; Productivity; Economic performance; Total factor productivity; Generalized Tobit model; Firm-level data; Colombia;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • C34 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models

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