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Medium-Sized Foreign-Owned German Enterprises Heavily Involved in R&D

Heike Belitz and Alexander Eickelpasch

DIW Economic Bulletin, 2016, vol. 6, issue 22/23, 263-273

Abstract: In Germany, the share of private investment in research and development (R&D) by foreign-owned companies from the beginning of the millennium to 2011 remained virtually unchanged at around one-quarter. From 2011 to 2013, this share fell slightly, and for the first time since the mid-1990s also the absolute amount decreased. Growth in domestic firms, however, was so high that there was an increase in the overall R&D of firms in Germany. The decline in investment by foreign companies is likely to reflect strategic decisions in some major enterprises; medium-sized foreign companies have in fact expanded their R&D activities. In the present study, no evidence was found that Germany has become less attractive as a location for research.

Keywords: Research and development; manufacturing; foreign direct investment; productivity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D24 F21 L60 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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