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Technological Spillovers and Productivity in Italian Manufacturing Firms

  • Claudio A. Piga

    ()

    (Dept of Economics, Loughborough University)

  • Giuseppe Medda

    ()

    (DEIR, University of Sassari, Italy.)

We study whether a firm’s total factor productivity dynamics is positively influenced by its own R&D activity and by the technological spillovers generated at the intra- and inter-sectorial level. Our approach corrects simultaneously for the endogeneity and the selectivity biases introduced by the use of a firm’s own R&D as a regressor. A firm’s involvement in R&D activities accounts for significant productivity gains. Firms also benefit from spillovers originating from their own industries, as well as from innovative upstream sectors.

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