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R&D and Innovation Empirical Analysis for Tunisian Firms

Moez El Elj

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: In the context of economic globalization and of the internationalization of R&D activity, innovation is becoming one of the most important assets for corporations in developed and emerging countries as well. The aim of this research is to analyze the main determinants of technological innovation of Tunisian firms on the basis of the innovation survey conducted by Tunisian Ministry of Scientific Research, Technology and Skills Development in 2005. Precisely, we analyze the effects of the external technological factors and In house R&D effort variables on innovation performances of Tunisian firms. We, then attempt to explore these relationships and see if they are affected by other moderator variables linked to exportation intensity and foreign capital share. In our estimation, we utilize the binomial logit model. Our preliminary results show that R&D activity is not the only explanatory factor of the innovation. In addition, Tunisian firms with high export ratio as well as firms with significant foreign capital participation are found to be not innovating since they depend primarily on the innovations conducted abroad.

Keywords: Technological Innovation; Technological opportunities; R&D in Developing Countries; Logit Regression with Interactive variables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C25 O31 O33 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-10-24
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