R&D Drivers in Young Innovative Companies

33 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2011

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Jose Garcia-Quevedo

Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB); University of Barcelona - Faculty of Economic Science and Business Studies

Gabriele Pellegrino

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

Marco Vivarelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

This paper examines the determinants of young innovative companies' (YICs) R&D activities taking into account the autoregressive nature of innovation. Using a large longitudinal dataset comprising Spanish manufacturing firms over the period 1990-2008, we find that previous R&D experience is a fundamental determinant for mature and young firms, albeit to a smaller extent in the case of the YICs, suggesting that their innovation behaviour is less persistent and more erratic. Moreover, our results suggest that firm and market characteristics play a distinct role in boosting the innovation activity of firms of different age. In particular, while market concentration and the degree of product diversification are found to be important in fostering R&D activities in the sub-sample of mature firms only, YICs' spending on R&D appears to be more sensitive to demand-pull variables, suggesting the presence of credit constraints. These results have been obtained using a recently proposed dynamic type-2 tobit estimator, which accounts for individual effects and efficiently handles the initial conditions problem.

Keywords: R&D, innovation, Young Innovative Companies (YICs), dynamic type-2 tobit estimator

JEL Classification: O31

Suggested Citation

Garcia-Quevedo, Jose and Pellegrino, Gabriele and Vivarelli, Marco, R&D Drivers in Young Innovative Companies. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6136. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1965153

Jose Garcia-Quevedo (Contact Author)

Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB) ( email )

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University of Barcelona - Faculty of Economic Science and Business Studies ( email )

Barcelona
Spain

Gabriele Pellegrino

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan

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Via Necchi 9
Milan, MI 20123
Italy

Marco Vivarelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano ( email )

Largo Gemelli 1
Milano, 20123
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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