KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
Firm Level Innovation and Productivity - Is there a Common Story Across Countries?
(), Hans Lööf
() and Bettina Peters
Abstract: Recent studies have documented extensive heterogeneity in
firm performance within countries, and innovation has been found as an
important determinant. This paper addresses the issue of innovation firm
performance across countries. A growing number of national firm level
studies on the innovation-productivity link have been conducted using new
internationally harmonized survey data, known in Europe as Community
Innovation Survey (CIS). Mainly due to confidentiality reasons
cross-country comparisons of CIS data are still rare. The contribution of
this paper is its unique approach of pooling original firm observations
from Germany and Sweden. Applying a knowledge production function that
gives the relationship between innovation input, innovation output and
productivity, we find to a very large extent a common cross-country story
for knowledge intensive manufacturing firms. Some interesting
country-specific effects are reported as well.
Keywords: Innovation; Productivity; Cross-Country Comparison; Applied Econometrics; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C34; C51; D24; O33; P52; (follow links to similar papers)
31 pages, December 10, 2004
Other versions of the paper: Janz, N., H. Lööf and B. Peters , 2003. “ Firm Lev el Innovation and productivity - Is there a Common Story Across Countries?" Discussion Paper No 03-26, ZEW, Centre of European Economic Research, http://www.zew.de/en/publikationen.
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Janz, Norbert, Hans Lööf and Bettina Peters, (2004), 'Firm Level Innovation and Productivity - Is there a Common Story Across Countries?', Problems and Perspectives in Management, Vol. 2, pages 184-2004
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