KTH/CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation
How can firm benefit from access to knowledge-intensive producer services?
(), Pardis Nabavi
() and Börje Johansson
Abstract: This paper examines variation in a productivity growth
within a given location and between different locations. Implementing a
dynamic panel data approach on Swedish micro data, we test the separate and
complementary effect of innovation and spillovers from the local milieu.
Measuring potential knowledge spillover by access to knowledge intensive
services, the estimation results produce strong evidence of differences in
the capacity to benefit from external knowledge among persistent
innovators, temporary innovators and non-innovators. The results are
consistent regardless of whether innovation efforts are measured in terms
of the frequency of patent applications or R&D investments. We do not find
any differences in growth among non-innovative firms across locations,
while the growth rate increases with the access to external knowledge for
innovative firms and especially for persistent innovators.
Keywords: Innovation; spillovers; productivity; TFP-growth; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: C23; O31; O32; (follow links to similar papers)
29 pages, September 26, 2012, Revised August 11, 2014
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