The impact of patent protection and financial development on industrial R&D
Keith E. Maskus,
Sahar Milani and
Rebecca Neumann ()
Research Policy, 2019, vol. 48, issue 1, 355-370
Stronger protection of patent rights is thought to spur innovation through securing returns to R&D investments. Those investments must be financed, however, suggesting that the responsiveness of R&D to patent reforms varies with financial development levels. We examine the joint impact of domestic and international financial-market development and patent protection on R&D intensities in 22 manufacturing industries in 20 OECD countries for the period 1990-2009. We show that stronger patent rights increase R&D intensities in patent-intensive industries, accounting for the need for external financing and the amount of tangible assets. The primary impact varies across types of financial development: patent protection raises R&D in high-patent industries where countries have more limited equity and credit markets. In contrast, in countries with more developed bond markets industry R&D is more sensitive to patent rights. Interestingly, patent rights in countries that are more exposed to foreign direct investment increase R&D intensities at all levels of financial development.
Keywords: R&D; Financial development; Patent protection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F36 G10 G15 O16 O30 P14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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