International R&D Spillovers and Institutions

36 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2008

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David T. Coe

International Monetary Fund (IMF); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Elhanan Helpman

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Alexander W. Hoffmaister

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department

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Date Written: June 2008

Abstract

The empirical analysis in "International R&D Spillovers" (Coe and Helpman, 1995) is first revisited by applying modern panel cointegration estimation techniques to an expanded data set that we have constructed for the purpose of this study. The new estimates confirm the key results reported in Coe and Helpman about the impact of domestic and foreign R&D capital stocks on TFP. In addition, we show that domestic and foreign R&D capital stocks have measurable impacts on TFP even after controlling for the impact of human capital. Furthermore, we extend the analysis to include institutional variables, such as legal origin and patent protection, in order to allow for parameter heterogeneity based on a country's institutional characteristics. The results suggest that institutional differences are important determinants of total factor productivity and that they impact the degree of R&D spillovers.

Keywords: Institutions, Productivity, R&D, Spillovers

JEL Classification: O31, O40, O43

Suggested Citation

Coe, David T. and Helpman, Elhanan and Hoffmaister, Alexander W., International R&D Spillovers and Institutions (June 2008). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6882, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1240192

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Alexander W. Hoffmaister

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