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Trade with Benefits: New Insights on Competition and Innovation

JaeBin Ahn, Hyoungmin Han and Yi Huang
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JaeBin Ahn: International Monetary Fund
Hyoungmin Han: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva
Yi Huang: The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

No 07-2018, IHEID Working Papers from Economics Section, The Graduate Institute of International Studies

Abstract: This paper examines how Korea’s import and export linkages with China affect the innovation outcomes of Korean manufacturing firms. Using our automated algorithm, we match Korean patent data to KIS-Value firm data from 1996 to 2015. We find that rising import and export with China lead to more patent applications by Korean manufacturing firms, with the positive impact particularly driven by large or public firms compared to SMEs or private firms. Most importantly, all of these results hold only in those sectors with higher quality products than Chinese products, shedding lights on reconciling recent empirical studies that found conflicting evidence on ’Schumpeterian force’ and ’escaping competition.’

Keywords: Competition; Innovation; China Shock; Schumpeterian Force; Escaping Competition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 F16 O34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 56 pages
Date: 2018-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cna, nep-com, nep-cse, nep-int and nep-tid
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