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Global Influences on U.S. Auto Innovation

Paul Isely and Gerald Simons

Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 2002, vol. 11, issue 1, 25-34

Abstract: There is a growing interest in the role that patents in one country have on product innovation in other countries. This paper contributes to the existing literature by using a firm fixed-effects model to investigate the connection between industry innovation (specifically that of the U.S. automobile industry) and a variety of micro and macroeconomic factors. Knowledge spillovers between countries are modeled using data from the Patent and Trademark Office, Census Bureau, and COMPUSTAT. The results indicate that German innovations affect U.S. firms differently from Japanese innovations: Japanese patents have a larger negative influence on U.S. auto manufacturers' patenting behavior.

Keywords: Technology Spillovers; Patents (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002
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DOI: 10.1080/10438590210891

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