Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University
Swedish business research productivity – improvements against international trends
() and Astrid Kander
Abstract: We use a comprehensive database of Swedish manufacturing
and service firms to examine trends in aggregate and sectoral research
productivity 1985-1998, defined as the ratio between patenting and R&D.
Quality indices are composed of forward and backward citations, family size
and opposition. In contrast to earlier studies, forward citations to have
the highest weight in our indices. Sweden experienced increases in research
productivity over the period 1985-1998, a period where Swedish R&D was
rising fast. Overall patenting and associated quality have had strong
developments as compared to US and European findings of falling research
Keywords: R&D; patenting; patent quality; sectors.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: O30; (follow links to similar papers)
25 pages, December 1, 2007
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