Exporters and International Knowledge Transfer: Evidence from UK Firms
GEP Research Paper No. 2007/7
32 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2007
Date Written: 2007
Within the recent literature studying participation in international markets using micro data, a small number have suggested that firms benefit from their exposure to international markets. One channel considered for this role has been investments in R&D. A common finding in this literature is that firms involved in international trade are also more likely to also undertake R&D. In this paper we expand the question to consider whether exporters also differ from non-exporters in the knowledge inputs used for R&D. Using data for UK firms we find that while in general this is so, non-exporters also involve themselves in international knowledge transfer.
Keywords: Exporters, innovation, R&D, international knowledge transfer
JEL Classification: F14, O32, O33
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