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R&D specialization and manufacturing productivity growth: A cross-country study

Jong-Rong Chen (), Yun-Peng Chu, Yi-Pey Ou and Chih-Hai Yang

Japan and the World Economy, 2015, vol. 34-35, 33-43

Abstract: This study examines how R&D specialization within the manufacturing sector affects productivity growth, constructing various measures of R&D specialization using a concentration index and industrial classification. Based on 11 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for the period from 1981 to 2000, the results obtained based on the fixed-effect panel data model with cross-sectional dependence indicate that concentrating suitable R&D resources within a few industries tends to promote productivity growth. Moreover, this positive effect is relevant to concentrating on development-oriented industries or process innovation-oriented industries.

Keywords: R&D specialization; TFP; Productivity growth; Inequality index; OECD (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L60 O30 O40 O57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1016/j.japwor.2015.03.002

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