Firm Employment Growth, R&D Expenditures and Exports

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Marco Di Cintio

University of Salento - Department of Economics and Mathematics and Statistics

Sucharita Ghosh

The University of Akron

Emanuele Grassi

University of Salento - Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Economia

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Date Written: November 5, 2015

Abstract

This paper studies firms’ decisions to export and invest in R&D and their effects on employment growth and labor flows for a sample of Italian SMEs operating in the manufacturing industry. After accounting for the under-reporting of R&D in SMEs, our quantile regressions reveal that:

(i) R&D is associated with higher employment growth rates, higher hiring rates and lower separation rates;

(ii) R&D-induced exports are negatively related to employment growth and accessions and positively related to separations; and

(iii) pure exports are not a driver of employment growth and labor flows.

Keywords: exports, R&D, firm growth, quantile regression

JEL Classification: J63; M51; O31; F14

Suggested Citation

Di Cintio, Marco and Ghosh, Sucharita and Grassi, Emanuele, Firm Employment Growth, R&D Expenditures and Exports (November 5, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2790776 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2790776

Marco Di Cintio

University of Salento - Department of Economics and Mathematics and Statistics ( email )

Piazza Tancredi, n7
Lecce, 73100
Italy

Sucharita Ghosh

The University of Akron ( email )

Department of Economics
Akron, OH 44325-1908
United States

Emanuele Grassi (Contact Author)

University of Salento - Dipartimento di Scienze dell'Economia ( email )

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Lecce, 73100
Italy

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