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Young firms and innovation: a microeconometric analysis

Gabriele Pellegrino, Mariacristina Piva and Marco Vivarelli ()

No dises1068, DISCE - Quaderni del Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Dipartimenti e Istituti di Scienze Economiche (DISCE)

Abstract: This paper discusses the determinants of product innovation in young innovative companies (YICs) by looking at in-house and external R&D and at the acquisition of external technology in its embodied and disembodied components. These ‘innovative’ input-output relationships are tested on a sample of 2,713 innovative Italian firms. A sample-selection approach is applied to study both the determinants of product innovation and the factors affecting the intensity of innovation. Results show that in-house R&D is linked to the propensity to introduce product innovation both in mature firms and YICs; however, innovation intensity in the YICs is mainly dependent on embodied technical change from external sources, while in-house R&D does not play a significant role.

Keywords: R&D; Embodied technological change; Product innovation; New firms; Sample selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 31 pages
Date: 2010-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-eff, nep-ent, nep-ino, nep-sbm, nep-tid and nep-ure
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