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Determinants of productivity growth: Science and technology policies and the contribution of R&D

Catherine Duverger () and Bruno van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie
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Catherine Duverger: Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

No 9/2011, EIB Papers from European Investment Bank, Economics Department

Abstract: This paper provides an update of the paper "From R&D to Productivity Growth: Do the Institutional Settings and the Source of Funds of R&D Matter?" (Guellec and van Pottelsberghe 2004). We present estimates of the long-term impact of various sources of knowledge (R&D performed by the business sector, the public sector (higher education and government) and abroad) on the multifactor productivity growth of 17 major OECD countries from 1988 to 2006. The results confirm that business R&D and the R&D performed by the higher education sector significantly contribute to growht. In addition, the extent to which countries rely on triadic patents, as well as their degree of patent friendliness (enforcement mechanism and number of restrictions) affect significantly the extent to which R&D contributes to growth.

Keywords: Multifactor productivity; R&D capital stock; panel cointegration; intellectual property (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O11 O40 O47 O50 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011-12-16
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