Do Technological Innovations and Exports Affect the Size and Productivity of Manufacturing Firms? Evidence for Brazil

University of Brasilia Economics Working Paper

31 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2005

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Jorge Arbache

University of Brasilia - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

This paper investigates whether technological innovation and exports affect the size and productivity of manufacturing firms in Brazil. In order to do so, we employ a new dataset and try to control for self-selection, a problem that is particularly important for the issue under examination. Regression analyses show a positive relation among innovation, exports, and size and productivity, while causality exercises show that innovation and exports imply higher productivity and higher firm sizes. Our results suggest that policies aimed at improving technology and innovation, and internationalization of firms are good for the firms' competitiveness and, therefore, the economy's competitiveness.

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Keywords: Technology, innovation, R&D, exports, competitiveness, size, productivity, firm, Brazil

JEL Classification: D21, F10, F43, L60, O31, O33

Suggested Citation

Arbache, Jorge, Do Technological Innovations and Exports Affect the Size and Productivity of Manufacturing Firms? Evidence for Brazil (January 2005). University of Brasilia Economics Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=686145 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.686145

Jorge Arbache (Contact Author)

University of Brasilia - Department of Economics ( email )

Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro
Asa Norte
Brasília, Distrito Federal 70910-900
Brazil
+ 55 61 8194 4529 (Phone)

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