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Innovation and firm growth in "complex technology" sectors : a quantile regression approach

Innovation is commonly seeb as the principal engine of economic development. In this paper, we investigate the microfoundations of economic growth by relating innovation to sales growth at the firm-level, for incumbent firms in four "complex technology" sectors. The average firm, which experiences only modest growth, may grow for a number of reasons that may not be related to "innovativeness". However, given that firms are heterogeneous and that growth rates distributions are typically heavy-tailed, it may be misleading to use regression techniques that focus on the average firm. Using a quantile regression approach, we observe that innovativeness is of crucial importance for a handful of "superstar" fast-growth firms.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:mse:wpsorb:r06050
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