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Innovation and the Survival of New Firms Across British Regions

  • Christian Helmers
  • Mark Rogers

This paper analyses the survival of the complete cohort of more than 162,000 limited companies incorporated in Britain in 2001 over the subsequent five-year period.� For this purpose, we estimate firms' hazards of failure and survival functions using nonparametric and semi-parametric techniques.� The paper focuses on two important policy-related issues.� The first is to what extent survival rates vary across regions in Britain.� A second, and related, policy issue concerns innovation.� The data available allows us to look at the intellectual property (IP) activity of all British firms, including that of the 162,000 new firms in 2001.� The results indicate substantial differences in survival rates across regions, and also that IP activity is associated with a higher probability of survival.� These differences across regions, and the importance of IP activity, remain when we condition on a large range of regional, industry and firm-level characteristics shifting firms' hazards of failure.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number 416.

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Date of creation: 01 Dec 2008
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