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Does participation in knowledge networks facilitate international market access? The case of offshore wind

Maria Tsouri, Jens Hanson and Håkon Endresen Normann
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Maria Tsouri: TIK Centre for Technology Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Jens Hanson: TIK Centre for Technology Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Håkon Endresen Normann: TIK Centre for Technology Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

No 20200303, Working Papers on Innovation Studies from Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo

Abstract: This article explores the effects of knowledge network participation on firms` international market access. We use a unique dataset comprising Norwegian firm data on RD&D (research, development and demonstration) and market participation in offshore wind. The empirical results show that participating in pilot and demonstration projects positively affects firms’ presence in international markets, while we do not observe the same positive effect for R&D projects. However, the econometric evidence shows that increasing extents of international collaborators, particularly from countries with home markets, contributes to a positive effect of R&D project participation on market access, while negative effects are observed for domestic collaborators. The results suggest that transnational knowledge linkages constitute an important mechanism for international market access, especially for countries with weak or absent domestic markets. We suggest that RD&D policy design could benefit from ensuring international collaboration, particularly with partners in countries with domestic markets, and support for demonstration activities.

Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2020-03
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