International Knowledge Spillovers through High-Tech Imports and R&D of Foreign-Owned Firms

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Heike Belitz

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) - Innovation, Management, Service

Florian Mölders

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

Date Written: February 1, 2013

Abstract

The international transmission of knowledge through import spillovers, as a source of TFP growth, has received much attention in the literature. We investigate two additional direct channels through which R&D disseminates: the import of high-technology goods and the internationalization of business R&D. Building on an extensive dataset, covering both developing and industrial countries, we add foreign owned patents as a proxy for R&D activities of multinationals. While we confirm the significance of import spillovers for all countries included, we find additional spillovers for developing countries through the import of high-technology goods. Only developed economies seem to benefit from the diffusion of knowledge that originates through cross-border cooperation in R&D by multinationals.

Keywords: Productivity growth, technology diffusion, multinational enterprise

JEL Classification: F14, F23, O47

Suggested Citation

Belitz, Heike and Mölders, Florian, International Knowledge Spillovers through High-Tech Imports and R&D of Foreign-Owned Firms (February 1, 2013). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1276. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2239666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2239666

Heike Belitz

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) - Innovation, Management, Service ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

Florian Mölders (Contact Author)

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )

Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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