Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance,
Stockholm School of Economics

No 211: National and International Spillovers from R&D: Comparing a Neoclassical and an Endogenous Growth Approach

Henrik Braconier and Fredrik Sjöholm ()
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Henrik Braconier: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: P.O. Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden
Fredrik Sjöholm: The European Institute of Japanese Studies, Postal: Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, S-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: Two models where productivity growth is caused by spillovers from R&D are analysed using a sample of nine manufacturing industries in six large OECD-countries between 1979 and 1991. The first model is based on traditional productivity analysis where growth in R&D stocks causes productivity growth. The second model is based on the endogenous growth literature where the level of R&D expenditures is assumed to increase productivity growth. The empirical results indicate stronger support for the latter model. The pattern of spillovers is also investigated. The results suggest that spillovers from R&D exist within industries, both nationally and internationally. There is, however, little evidence of spillovers between industries. The empirical evidence further suggests that intra-industry spillovers are confined to industries that are relatively R&D-intensive. Finally, direct foreign investment seem to facilitate the diffusion of R&D results, but we do not find any effect on growth from R&D embodied in intermediate products.

Keywords: R&D; spillovers; growth; trade; DFI

JEL-codes: O32; O40

27 pages, December 11, 1997

Note: Revised version forthcoming in Weltwirtshcaftliches Archiv (1998).

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