Innovativity: A Comparison Across Seven European Countries

56 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2006 Last revised: 23 Jul 2021

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Pierre Mohnen

Maastricht University - UNU-MERIT

Jacques Mairesse

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST); Maastricht University - United Nations and Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Marcel Dagenais

University of Montreal

Date Written: June 2006

Abstract

This paper proposes a framework to account for innovation similar to the usual accounting framework in production analysis and a measure of innovativity comparable to that of total factor productivity. This innovation accounting framework is illustrated using micro-aggregated firm data from the first Community Innovation Surveys (CIS1) for seven European countries: Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Italy for the year 1992. Based on the estimation of a generalized Tobit model and measuring innovation as the share of total sales due to improved or new products, it compares the propensity to innovate, and the innovation intensity conditional and unconditional on being innovative, across the seven countries and low- and high-tech manufacturing sectors. Even with relatively few explanatory variables our innovation framework already accounts for sizeable differences in country innovation intensity. It also shows that differences in innovativity across countries can be nonetheless very large.

Suggested Citation

Mohnen, Pierre and Mairesse, Jacques and Dagenais, Marcel, Innovativity: A Comparison Across Seven European Countries (June 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12280, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=906758

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