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International Knowledge Spillovers through High-Tech Imports and R&D of Foreign-Owned Firms

Heike Belitz and Florian Mölders

No 1276, Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research

Abstract: The international transmission of knowledge through import spillovers, as a source of TFP growth, has received much attention in the literature. We investigate two additional direct channels through which R&D disseminates: the import of high-technology goods and the internationalization of business R&D. Building on an extensive dataset, covering both developing and industrial countries, we add foreign owned patents as a proxy for R&D activities of multinationals. While we confirm the significance of import spillovers for all countries included, we find additional spillovers for developing countries through the import of high-technology goods. Only developed economies seem to benefit from the diffusion of knowledge that originates through cross-border cooperation in R&D by multinationals.

Keywords: Productivity growth; technology diffusion; multinational enterprise (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 F23 O47 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 p.
Date: 2013
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-eff, nep-ino, nep-int, nep-knm and nep-sbm
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