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The business of product innovation : international empirical evidence, Volume 1
 
Author:Lederman, Daniel; Country:World;
Date Stored:2009/02/19Document Date:2009/02/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Education for Development (superceded); Innovation; Microfinance; E-Business; Statistical & Mathematical Sciences
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:Industry and trade
Rel. Proj ID:1W-Trade Quality -- -- P113810;Region:The World Region
Report Number:WPS4840Sub Sectors:General industry and trade sector
Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4840Volume No: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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