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R&D and productivity in OECD firms and industries: a hierarchical meta-regression analysis

R&D and productivity in OECD firms and industries: a hierarchical meta-regression analysis

Ugur, Mehmet ORCID: 0000-0003-3891-3641, Trushin, Eshref, Solomon, Edna and Guidi, Francesco (2016) R&D and productivity in OECD firms and industries: a hierarchical meta-regression analysis. Research Policy, 45 (10). pp. 2069-2086. ISSN 0048-7333 (doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2016.08.001)

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Abstract

The relationship between R&D investment and firm/industry productivity has been investigated widely following seminal contributions by Zvi Griliches and others from late 1970s onwards. We aim to providea systematic synthesis of the evidence, using 1253 estimates from 65 primary studies that adopt the so-called primal approach. In line with prior reviews, we report that the average elasticity and rate-of-return estimates are positive. In contrast to prior reviews, however, we report that: (i) the estimates are smaller and more heterogeneous than what has been reported before; (ii) residual heterogeneity remains high among firm-level estimates even after controlling for moderating factors; (iii) firm-level rates of return and within-industry social returns to R&D are small and do not differ significantly despite theoretical predictions of higher social returns; and (iv) the informational content of both elasticity and rate-of-return estimates needs to be interpreted cautiously. We conclude by highlighting the implications of these findings for future research and evidence-based policy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Uncontrolled Keywords: R&D; Knowledge capital; Productivity; Meta-analysis
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Institute of Political Economy, Governance, Finance and Accountability (IPEGFA) > Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre (GPERC)
Last Modified: 18 May 2019 23:43
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 1
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15854

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