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Firm Innovation in Emerging Markets: The Roles of Governance and Finance


Vojislav Maksimovic


University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business

Meghana Ayyagari


George Washington University - School of Business

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt


World Bank - Financial and Private Sector Development; World Bank

March 1, 2007

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4157

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The authors investigate the determinants of firm innovation in over 19,000 firms across 47 developing economies. They define the innovation process broadly, to include not only core innovation such as the introduction of new products and new technologies, but also other types of activities that promote knowledge transfers and adapt production processes. The authors find that more innovative firms are large exporting firms characterized by private ownership, highly educated managers with mid-level managerial experience, and access to external finance. In contrast, firms that do not innovate much are typically state-owned firms without foreign competitors. The identity of the controlling shareholder seems to be particularly important for core innovation, with those private firms whose controlling shareholder is a financial institution being the least innovative. While the use of external finance is associated with greater innovation by all private firms, it does not make state-owned firms more innovative. Financing from foreign banks is associated with higher levels of innovation compared with financing from domestic banks.

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Keywords: Education for Development (superceded), Microfinance, Small Scale Enterprise, Investment and Investment Climate, Innovation

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Maksimovic, Vojislav and Ayyagari, Meghana and Demirgüç-Kunt, Asli, Firm Innovation in Emerging Markets: The Roles of Governance and Finance (March 1, 2007). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4157. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=969234

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Vojislav Maksimovic
University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business ( email )
Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD 20742-1815
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Meghana Ayyagari (Contact Author)
George Washington University - School of Business ( email )
Washington, DC 20052
United States
Asli Demirgüç-Kunt
World Bank - Financial and Private Sector Development ( email )
United States
202-473-7479 (Phone)
202-522-1155 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://econ.worldbank.org/staff/ademirguckunt/
World Bank ( email )
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Washington, DC 20433
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