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Dynamic R&D choice and the impact of the firm's financial strength

Bettina Peters (), Mark Roberts () and Van Anh Vuong

No 15-083, ZEW Discussion Papers from ZEW - Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Abstract: This article investigates how a firm's financial strength affcts its dynamic decision to invest in R&D. We estimate a dynamic model of R&D choice using data for German firms in high-tech manufacturing industries. The model incorporates a measure of the firm's financial strength, derived from its credit rating, which is shown to lead to substantial differences in estimates of the costs and expected long-run benefits from R&D investment. Financially strong firms have a higher probability of generating innovations from their R&D investment, and the innovations have a larger impact on productivity and profits. Averaging across all firms, the long run benefit of investing in R&D equals 6.6 percent of firm value. It ranges from 11.6 percent for firms in a strong financial position to 2.3 percent for firms in a weaker financial position.

Keywords: R&D choice; Financial strength; Innovation; Productivity; Dynamic structural model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O31 O32 G30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015
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