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The role of gender in linking external sources of knowledge and R&D intensity

Sara Amoroso and David Audretsch

No 2020-05, JRC Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation from Joint Research Centre (Seville site)

Abstract: Scholars examining the effect of knowledge spillovers on R&D and innovation all agree on one thing—there is a strong relationship between the firm’s R&D effort and knowledge spillovers. The sign of this relationship depends, however, on many things, such as the type of spillovers (horizontal, vertical, or from other sources), the level of appropriability, the type of firm (e.g., age and sector), and the measurement of the spillover itself. A missing piece of evidence to this literature is the role of gender in the founding team of the firm. Our contribution is to fill this gap by explicitly analysing the role played by gender in the founding team. Given that the relationship between a firm’s R&D intensity and external knowledge spillovers is ultimately context-specific, we analyse the differences between male-owned and female-owned young entrepreneurial firms with respect to the influence that knowledge spillovers have on their R&D intensity.

Keywords: Women entrepreneurs; absorptive capacity; knowledge intensive enterprise; spillovers; Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-10
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