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Contract Enforcement and R&D Investment

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  • Watzinger, Martin
  • Seitz, Michael

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In this article we study the relation between the quality of contract enforcement and R&D investment across countries and industries. If companies invest successfully in R&D they are open for exploitation by their supplier if supply contracts are not enforceable. This hold-up problem can reduce the incentive to invest in R&D exante. In line with this theoretical idea we find in the empirical analysis that R&D investment increases with the quality of the judicial system. This effect is particularly strong in industries which rely more on contracts to acquire input and in which it is harder to vertically integrate.

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  • Watzinger, Martin & Seitz, Michael, 2013. "Contract Enforcement and R&D Investment," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79773, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General
    • O43 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - Institutions and Growth
    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies

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