International Cooperation on Innovation: Empirical Evidence for German and Portuguese Firms

47 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2007 Last revised: 1 Jul 2014

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Date Written: 2007

Abstract

In this paper we investigate the factors that lead firms to cooperate with partners from foreign countries on innovation activities. Portuguese and German data from the harmonised Community Innovation Survey (CIS III) allow us to compare innovation cooperation behaviour of private firms in the two countries. Using a bivariate probit model, we show that the characteristics of firms cooperating with foreigners in both countries are quite similar. International activities other than cooperation, firm size and the importance of protection methods for knowledge have a positive influence in both countries on the decision to cooperate with foreign partners. Some differences remain, however: In Germany, exporters are more likely to cooperate with foreign partners than non-exporters, whereas in Portugal this is not the case.

Keywords: International cooperation, Innovation, CIS III, Germany, Portugal

JEL Classification: O32, O57, O30

Suggested Citation

Schmidt, Tobias and Faria, Pedro, International Cooperation on Innovation: Empirical Evidence for German and Portuguese Firms (2007). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 07-060 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1027870 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1027870

Tobias Schmidt (Contact Author)

Deutsche Bundesbank - Research Center ( email )

Wilhelm-Epstein-Str. 14
Frankfurt/Main, 60431
Germany

No contact information is available for Pedro Faria

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