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Uncertainty, flexible labour relations and R&D expenditure

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  • Marco Di Cintio

    () (Department of Management, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics; University of Salento)

  • Emanuele Grassi

    () (Department of Management, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics; University of Salento)

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This paper examines the effects of uncertainty and flexible labour contracts on the Research and Development (R&D) expenditure. Using a panel of Italian manufacturing firms, we find a hump-shaped relationship between workforce flexibility and R&D outlays. Moreover, as predicted by the real options theory, our results suggest that product market uncertainty reduces R&D efforts and that flexible labour contracts countervail the adverse effect of uncertainty on R&D.

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  • Marco Di Cintio & Emanuele Grassi, 2013. "Uncertainty, flexible labour relations and R&D expenditure," Working Papers EC0003, University of Salento; Department of Management, Economics, Mathematics and Statistics, revised Dec 2013.
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    Keywords

    real options theory; R&D; uncertainty; temporary workers;

    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • J41 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Labor Contracts
    • 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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