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CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University Papers in Innovation Studies, CIRCLE, Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy, Lund University

No 2007/7:
Swedish business research productivity – improvements against international trends

Olof Ejermo () 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 productivity.

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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