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Young innovative firms and R&D strategies: is the Spanish case different?

Segarra Blasco, Agustí, 1958- and Verònica Gombau

Working Papers from Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper analyzes the profile of Spanish young innovative companies (YICs) and the determinants of innovation and imitation strategies. The results for an extensive sample of 2,221 Spanish firms studied during the period 2004–2010 show that YICs are found in all sectors, although they are more concentrated in high-tech sectors and, in particular, in knowledge-intensive services (KIS). Three of every four YICs are involved in KIS. Our results highlight that financial and knowledge barriers have much impact on the capacity of young, small firms to innovate and to become YICs, whereas market barriers are not obstacles to becoming a YIC. Public funding, in particular from the European Union, makes it easier for a new firm to become a YIC. In addition, YICs are more likely to innovate than mature firms, although they are more susceptible to sectoral and territorial factors. YICs make more dynamic use of innovation and imitation strategies when they operate in high-tech industries and are based in science parks located close to universities. Keywords: innovation strategies, public innovation policies, barriers to innovation, multinomial probit model. JEL Codes: D01, D22 , L60, L80, O31

Keywords: Microeconomia; Conducta organitzacional; Manufactures; Sector terciari; Innovacions tecnològiques -- Política governamental; 33 - Economia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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