Competition and Persistence of R&D

KOF Working Papers No. 290

29 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2011

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Martin Woerter

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) - Swiss Institute for Business Cycle Research (KOF)

Date Written: November 10, 2011

Abstract

This paper investigates the R&D persistence of R&D active firms in different markets with different intensities of competition, based on firm-level panel data for the period 1996-2008. In a dynamic setting of the empirical model it turns out that persistence is strongly related to market competition (measured by the number of principal competitors). Persistence of R&D expenditures is more likely to be observed in markets with few principal competitors (between 6 and 10) and is very unlikely to be observed in polypolistic type of markets (more than 50 competitors). These results call for a stronger coordination between competition policy and innovation promotion policy, since the former basically aims at larger markets with many competitors, while the latter aims at persistence of R&D efforts and thus markets with fewer competitors.

Keywords: R&D expenditures, persistence, innovation, competition, panel data, empirical investigation

JEL Classification: O30

Suggested Citation

Woerter, Martin, Competition and Persistence of R&D (November 10, 2011). KOF Working Papers No. 290, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1957744 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1957744

Martin Woerter (Contact Author)

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) - Swiss Institute for Business Cycle Research (KOF) ( email )

CH-8092 Zurich
Switzerland

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