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The Role of Demand in Fostering Product vs Process Innovation: A Model and an Empirical Test

23 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2017  

Herbert Dawid

Bielefeld University - Department of Business Administration and Economics; Center for Mathematical Economics

Gabriele Pellegrino

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Marco Vivarelli

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

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Date Written: September 1, 2017

Abstract

While the extant innovation literature has provided extensive evidence of the so-called "demand-pull" effect, the possible diverse impact of demand evolution on product vs process innovation activities has not been yet investigated. This paper develops a formal model predicting a larger inducing impact of past sales in fostering product rather than process innovation. This prediction is then tested through a dynamic microeconometric model, controlling for R&D persistence, sample selection, observed and unobservable individual firm effects and time and sectoral peculiarities. Results are consistent with the model and suggest that an expansionary economic policy may benefit the diffusion of new products or even the emergence of entire new sectors.

Keywords: technological change, R&D, demand-pull innovation, dynamic two tobit

JEL Classification: O31

Suggested Citation

Dawid, Herbert and Pellegrino, Gabriele and Vivarelli, Marco, The Role of Demand in Fostering Product vs Process Innovation: A Model and an Empirical Test (September 1, 2017). Bielefeld Working Papers in Economics and Management No. 6-2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3039362

Herbert Dawid (Contact Author)

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Gabriele Pellegrino

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne ( email )

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Marco Vivarelli

Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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