Firm Level Innovation and Productivity - is There a Common Story Across Countries?

34 Pages Posted: 30 Jul 2003

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Norbert Janz

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW); Aachen University of Applied Science - Department of Business Studies

Hans Lööf

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bettina Peters

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Date Written: May 2003

Abstract

Recent studies have documented extensive heterogeneity in firm performance within countries, and innovation has been found as an important determinant. This paper addresses the issue of innovation firm performance across countries. A growing number of national firm level studies on the innovation-productivity link have been conducted using new internationally harmonized survey data, known in Europe as Community Innovation Survey (CIS). Mainly due to confidentiality reasons cross-country comparisons of CIS data are still rare. The contribution of this paper is its unique approach of pooling original firm observations from Germany and Sweden. Applying a knowledge production function that gives the relationship between innovation input, innovation output and productivity, we find to a very large extent a common cross-country story for knowledge intensive manufacturing firms. Some interesting country-specific effects are reported as well.

Keywords: Innovation, Productivity, Cross-Country Comparison, Applied Econometrics

JEL Classification: O33, D24, P52, C34, C51

Suggested Citation

Janz, Norbert and Lööf, Hans and Peters, Bettina, Firm Level Innovation and Productivity - is There a Common Story Across Countries? (May 2003). ZEW Discussion Paper No. 03-26, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=416444 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.416444

Norbert Janz

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

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Aachen University of Applied Science - Department of Business Studies ( email )

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Hans Lööf

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bettina Peters (Contact Author)

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

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Germany
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