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Effects of licensing reform on firm innovation : evidence from India, Volume 1
Author:Seker, Murat; Country:India;
Date Stored:2011/11/08Document Date:2011/11/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Markets and Market Access; Microfinance; Knowledge for Development; Labor Policies; E-Business
Language:EnglishRegion:South Asia
Report Number:WPS5876Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5876
Volume No:1  

Summary: The regulatory environment in a country can affect firm performance. This study investigates the impact of a particular regulation, namely license requirements for certain firm activities, on the innovation performance of Indian firms. First it presents a model of firm and industry evolution that explains the dynamics of multi-product firms. Then, using a firm level panel data set, it shows that removal of license requirements led to roughly 5 percentage points faster innovation rates where innovation is measured as introduction of new product varieties that had not existed in the market. The results are robust to inclusion of controls for the other policy reforms that occurred during the period of licensing reform.

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