Patents, Real Options and Firm Performance
Nicholas Bloom () and
John van Reenen ()
Economic Journal, 2002, vol. 112, issue 478, C97-C116
Analysing the new IFS-Leverhulme database on over 200 major British firms since 1968 we show that patents have an economically and statistically significant impact on firm-level productivity and market value. While patenting feeds into market values immediately it appears to have a slower effect on productivity. This generates valuable real options because patents provide exclusive rights to develop new innovations, enabling firms to delay investments. Higher market uncertainty, which increases the value of real options, reduces the impact of new patents on productivity. If the government"s policy to reduce uncertainty is successful then this should increase the productivity of Britain"s knowledge capital. Copyright Royal Economic Society 2002.
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (126) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/servlet/useragent ... &year=2002&part=null link to full text (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:112:y:2002:i:478:p:c97-c116
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.blackwell ... al.asp?ref=0013-0133
Access Statistics for this article
Economic Journal is currently edited by Martin Cripps, Steve Machin, Woulter den Haan, Andrea Galeotti, Rachel Griffith and Frederic Vermeulen
More articles in Economic Journal from Royal Economic Society Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by Wiley-Blackwell Digital Licensing ().