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The business of product innovation : international empirical evidence
Author:Lederman, Daniel; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4840
Country:World; Date Stored:2009/02/19
Document Date:2009/02/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Education for Development (superceded); Innovation; Microfinance; E-Business; Statistical & Mathematical SciencesLanguage:English
Major Sector:Industry and tradeRel. Proj ID:1W-Trade Quality -- -- P113810;
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS4840
Sub Sectors:General industry and trade sectorVolume No:1 of 1

Summary: It is so widely recognized that innovation is a key driver of economic growth that it is cliché to say so. This article studies product innovation by firms with data from 68 countries, covering more than 25,000 firms in eight manufacturing sectors. The author assesses the predictions of inter-disciplinary research on innovation by firms. The econometric evidence suggests that globalization and local knowledge increase the likelihood that firms will introduce new products. By contrast, domestic regulatory impediments to competition are not robustly correlated with product innovation.

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