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Inverted-U relationship between innovation and survival: evidence from firm-level UK data

Inverted-U relationship between innovation and survival: evidence from firm-level UK data

Ugur, Mehmet ORCID: 0000-0003-3891-3641, Trushin, Eshref, Solomon, Edna M. and Guidi, Francesco (2015) Inverted-U relationship between innovation and survival: evidence from firm-level UK data. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

Theoretical and empirical work on innovation and firm survival has produced varied and often conflicting findings. In this paper, we draw on Schumpeterian models of competition and innovation and stochastic models of firm dynamics to demonstrate that the conflicting findings may be due to linear specifications of the innovation-survival relationship. We demonstrate that a quadratic specification is appropriate theoretically and fits the data well. Our findings from an unbalanced panel of 39,705 UK firms from 1997-2012 indicate that an inverted-U relationship holds for different types of R&D expenditures and sources of funding. We also report that R&D intensity is more likely to increase survival when firms are in more concentrated industries and in Pavitt technology classes consisting of specialized suppliers of technology and scale-intensive industries. Finally, we report that the effects of firm and industry characteristics as well as macroeconomic environment indicators are all consistent with prior findings. The results are robust to step-wise modeling, controlling for left truncation and use of lagged values to address potential simultaneity bias.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation; post-entry performance; R&D; survival analysis;
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC)
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Last Modified: 19 Nov 2015 15:22
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14073

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