Productivity Growth, Knowledge Flows, and Spillovers

30 Pages Posted: 6 May 2008 Last revised: 2 Sep 2014

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Gustavo Crespi

University of Chile - Department of Economics

Chiara Criscuolo

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); University of Siena - Department of Economics

Jonathan Haskel

Imperial College Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Matthew J. Slaughter

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: April 2008

Abstract

This paper explores the role of knowledge flows and productivity growth by linking direct survey data on knowledge flows to firm-level data on TFP growth. Our data measure the information flows often considered important, especially by policy-makers, such as from within the firm and from suppliers, customers, and competitors. We examine (a) what are the empirically important sources of knowledge flows? (b) to what extent do such flows contribute to TFP growth? (c) do such flows constitute a spillover of free knowledge? (d) how do such flows correspond to suggested spillover sources, such as multinational or R&D presence? We find that: (a) the main sources of knowledge are competitors; suppliers; and plants that belong to the same business group ; (b) these three flows together account for about 50% of TFP growth; (c) the main "free" information flow spillover is from competitors; and (d) multinational presence contributes to this spillover.

Suggested Citation

Crespi, Gustavo and Criscuolo, Chiara and Haskel, Jonathan and Slaughter, Matthew J., Productivity Growth, Knowledge Flows, and Spillovers (April 2008). NBER Working Paper No. w13959. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1129721

Gustavo Crespi

University of Chile - Department of Economics ( email )

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Chiara Criscuolo

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) ( email )

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University of Siena - Department of Economics

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Jonathan Haskel

Imperial College Business School ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Matthew J. Slaughter (Contact Author)

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business ( email )

Hanover, NH 03755
United States

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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