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Exploring science-and-technology-led innovation: a cross-country study

Viju Raghupathi () and Wullianallur Raghupathi ()
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Viju Raghupathi: Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
Wullianallur Raghupathi: Fordham University

Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2019, vol. 8, issue 1, 1-45

Abstract: Abstract Countries can enhance endogenous innovation using multifaceted incentives for science and technology indicators. We explore country-level innovation using OECD data for research and development (R&D), patents, and exports. We deploy a dual methodology of descriptive visualization and panel regression analysis. Our results highlight industry variances in R&D spending. As a nation develops, governmental expenditure on R&D decreases, and businesses take on an increasing role to fill the gap, increasing local innovation. Our portfolio of local versus foreign resident ownership of patents highlights implications for taxation/innovation policies. Countries with high foreign ownership of patents have low tax revenues due to the lack of associated costs with, and mobility of income from, patents. We call on these countries to devise targeted policies encouraging local patent ownership. Policy makers should also recognize factors influencing high-technology exports for innovation. Lastly, we call on countries to reinstate horizontal and vertical policies, and design national innovation ecosystems that integrate disparate policies in an effort to drive economic growth through innovation.

Keywords: Innovation; Patents; Science and technology; Research and development; Exports; Panel analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1186/s13731-018-0097-0

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