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R&D, Worker Training, and Innovation: Firm-level evidence

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  • Xulia González
  • Daniel Miles-Touya
  • Consuelo Pazó

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This paper analyzes the effects of R&D and worker training on innovation performance in a sample of Spanish manufacturing firms while distinguishing between large and small firms. Our findings suggest that R&D is a key factor in explaining firm innovation performance, and that worker training investment also has a significant effect, albeit one of less magnitude. The results confirm a complementary relationship: training reinforces the effect of R&D on innovation performance. The effects differ according to firm size and industry.

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  • Xulia González & Daniel Miles-Touya & Consuelo Pazó, 2012. "R&D, Worker Training, and Innovation: Firm-level evidence," Working Papers 1203, Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada.
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    1. Preeya Mohan & Eric Strobl & Patrick Watson, 2017. "In-Firm Training, Innovation and Productivity: The Case of Caribbean Small Island Developing States," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 8216, Inter-American Development Bank.
    2. Guerrazzi, Marco, 2014. "Workforce ageing and the training propensity of Italian firms: cross-sectional evidence from the INDACO survey," MPRA Paper 56826, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Dostie, Benoit, 2014. "Innovation, Productivity, and Training," IZA Discussion Papers 8506, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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    Keywords

    R&D; Worker Training; Innovation; Probit;

    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General
    • M53 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Personnel Economics - - - Training
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General

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