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Growth Through Heterogeneous Innovations

Ufuk Akcigit () and William Kerr ()

No 16443, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: We study how exploration versus exploitation innovations impact economic growth through a tractable endogenous growth framework that contains multiple innovation sizes, multi-product firms, and entry/exit. Firms invest in exploration R&D to acquire new product lines and exploitation R&D to improve their existing product lines. We model and show empirically that exploration R&D does not scale as strongly with firm size as exploitation R&D. The resulting framework conforms to many regularities regarding innovation and growth differences across the firm size distribution. We also incorporate patent citations into our theoretical framework. The framework generates a simple test using patent citations that indicates that entrants and small firms have relatively higher growth spillover effects.

JEL-codes: L16 O31 O33 O41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010-11
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