Productivity and R&D: an econometric evidence from Spanish firm-level data

Authors: Mate-Garcia, Jorge; Rodriguez-Fernandez, Jose

Source: Applied Economics, Volume 40, Number 14, July 2008 , pp. 1827-1837(11)

Publisher: Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group

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Abstract:

This article analyses the relationship between productivity growth and R&D investments of Spanish manufacturing firms during the 1990s. The theoretical model is a version of the Cobb-Douglas production function in its growth rate form. The purpose is to estimate the rate of return to R&D expenditures. The econometric specification is a distributed lag model. The estimation applies the generalized method of moments method. The main empirical finding is that a positive and significant role is played by R&D expenditures on productivity growth. The rate of return to R&D expenditures is 26.598%.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840600905217

Affiliations: Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain

Publication date: July 1, 2008

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