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Are there Diminishing Returns to R&D?

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  • Jakob B. Madsen

    (Department of Economics, Monash University, Australia)

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Semi-endogenous models and, to some extent, also Schumpeterian models are based on the assumption of diminishing returns to R&D. This paper shows that the null hypothesis of constant returns to R&D cannot be rejected for the OECD countries.

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  • Jakob B. Madsen, 2006. "Are there Diminishing Returns to R&D?," EPRU Working Paper Series 06-05, Economic Policy Research Unit (EPRU), University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:epruwp:06-05
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    Keywords

    returns to R&D; endogenous growth theory;

    JEL classification:

    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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