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Intangible investments and innovation propensity. Evidence from the Innobarometer 2013

This paper investigates the innovation impact of intangibles by considering the decision of firms to invest in a comprehensive set of them. By using a new survey on a large sample of firms in 28 EU (plus 8 non-EU) countries, we first identify the...

Einzelheiten

Identifikator
JRC nr: JRC91973
Datum der Veröffentlichung
11 Dezember 2014

Beschreibung

This paper investigates the innovation impact of intangibles by considering the decision of firms to invest in a comprehensive set of them. By using a new survey on a large sample of firms in 28 EU (plus 8 non-EU) countries, we first identify the principal components of the resources firms invest in six kinds of intangibles. Their contribution to the firms’ propensity to introduce new products and/or processes is then estimated with a two-step model, which addresses the endogeneity of the focal regressors through theoretically consistent instruments. A firm’s innovativeness depends on its choice of using internal vs. external resources for its intangible investments more than on their actual amount, and on the kind of assets these investments are directed to. Intangibles need to be managed strategically in order to have an innovation impact and the policy support of this type of investment must take this strategic use into account.

Authors:

Sandro Montresor, Antonio Vezzani

Dateien

JRC91973_Intangibles_and_Innovation.pdf
English
(1.56 MB - PDF)
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