Growth Through Heterogeneous Innovations
84 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2013
Date Written: November 20, 2013
We study how exploration versus exploitation innovations impact economic growth through a tractable endogenous growth framework that contains multiple innovation sizes, multi-product firms, and entry/exit. Firms invest in exploration R&D to acquire new product lines and exploitation R&D to improve their existing product lines. We model and show empirically that exploration R&D does not scale as strongly with firm size as exploitation R&D. The resulting framework conforms to many regularities regarding innovation and growth differences across the firm size distribution. We also incorporate patent citations into our theoretical framework. The framework generates a simple test using patent citations that indicates that entrants and small firms have relatively higher growth spillover effects.
Keywords: endogenous growth, innovation, exploration, exploitation, research and development, patents, citations, scientists, entrepreneurs
JEL Classification: O31, O33, O41, L16
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