Innovation and Productivity Across Four European Countries

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Rachel Griffith

Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); University of Manchester; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Elena Huergo

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) - Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico | ICAE; Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

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)

Bettina Peters

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

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Date Written: December 2006

Abstract

This paper compares the role innovation plays in productivity across the four European countries France, Germany, Spain and the UK using firm-level data from the internationally harmonized Community Innovation Surveys (CIS3). Despite a considerable number of national firm-level studies analysing this relationship, cross-country comparisons using micro data are still rare. We apply a structural model that describes the link between R&D expenditure, innovation output and productivity (CDM model). Our econometric results suggest that overall the systems driving innovation and productivity are remarkably similar across these four countries, although we also find interesting differences, particularly in the variation in productivity that is associated with more or less innovative activities.

Suggested Citation

Griffith, Rachel and Huergo, Elena and Mairesse, Jacques and Peters, Bettina, Innovation and Productivity Across Four European Countries (December 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12722. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=948184

Rachel Griffith

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Elena Huergo

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) - Instituto Complutense de Análisis Económico | ICAE ( email )

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Spain

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM) - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

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Jacques Mairesse (Contact Author)

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST) ( email )

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Maastricht University - United Nations and Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT)

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Bettina Peters

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

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