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Firm Size and Innovation in the Service Sector

David B. Audretsch, Marian Hafenstein (), Alexander Kritikos () and Alexander Schiersch ()
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David B. Audretsch: Indiana University Bloomington
Marian Hafenstein: German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

No 4, CEPA Discussion Papers from Center for Economic Policy Analysis

Abstract: A rich literature links knowledge inputs with innovative outputs. However, most of what is known is restricted to manufacturing. This paper analyzes whether the three aspects involving innovative activity - R&D; innovative output; and productivity - hold for knowledge intensive services. Combining the models of Crepon et al. (1998) and of Ackerberg et al. (2015), allows for causal interpretation of the relationship between innovation output and labor productivity. We find that knowledge intensive services benefit from innovation activities in the sense that these activities causally increase their labor productivity. Moreover, the firm size advantage found for manufacturing in previous studies nearly disappears for knowledge intensive services.

Keywords: MSMEs; R&D; Service Sector; Innovation; Productivity; Entrepreneurship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L25 L60 L80 O31 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cse, nep-eff, nep-ent, nep-ino, nep-sbm and nep-tid
Date: 2019-05
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