Productivity, R&D Spillovers and Educational Attainment

23 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2014

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Vania Sena

University of Essex

Dolores Anon Higon

University of Valencia

Date Written: February 2014

Abstract

Economists have long agreed that the local availability of a more qualified workforce generates significant spillovers. This study suggests that these externalities may arise because plants by having access to a more qualified workforce at a regional level, can benefit more from R&D spillovers than those located in areas with less qualified workforce. This hypothesis is tested on a sample of British establishments drawn from the Annual Business Inquiry over the period 1997–2002. The main results are consistent with our expectations that the regional differences in the industry‐level educational attainment of the workforce available to a plant will condition its capability of absorbing R&D spillovers.

JEL Classification: L1, D1

Suggested Citation

Sena, Vania and Higon, Dolores Anon, Productivity, R&D Spillovers and Educational Attainment (February 2014). Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 76, Issue 1, pp. 1-23, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2377083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0084.2012.00724.x

Vania Sena

University of Essex ( email )

Dolores Anon Higon

University of Valencia ( email )

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