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Innovation vs. Imitation and the Evolution of Productivity Distributions

Michael Koenig (), Jan Lorenz () and Fabrizio Zilibotti ()
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Michael Koenig: Stanford University

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No 11-008, Discussion Papers from Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Abstract: We develop a tractable dynamic model of productivity growth and technology spillovers that is consistent with the emergence of real world empirical productivity distributions. Firms can improve productivity by engaging in in-house R&D, or alternatively, by trying to imitate other firms’ technologies subject to limits to their absorptive capacities. The outcome of both strategies is stochastic. The choice between in-house R&D and imitation is endogenous, and based on firms’ profit maximization motive. Firms closer to the technological frontier have less imitation opportunities, and tend to choose more often in-house R&D, consistent with the empirical evidence. The equilibrium choice leads to balanced growth featuring persistent productivity differences even when starting from ex-ante identical firms. The long run productivity distribution can be described as a traveling wave with tails following Zipf’s law as it can be observed in the empirical data. Idiosyncratic shocks to firms’ productivities of R&D

Keywords: innovation; growth; quality ladder; absorptive capacity; productivity di?erences; spillovers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E1 O40 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-02
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