International spillovers and absorptive capacity: A cross-country cross-sector analysis based on patents and citations

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Abstract

This paper brings together the issues of knowledge spillovers and absorptive capacity, by assessing the role of prior R&D experience in enhancing a country's ability to understand and improve upon external knowledge. International spillovers are found effective in increasing innovative productivity in laggard countries, while technological leaders are a source rather than a destination of knowledge flows. Quantitative estimates of the effect of absorptive capacity on innovative performance, through knowledge spillovers, show that absorptive capacity increases the elasticity of a laggard country's innovation to international spillovers, while its marginal effect is negligible for countries at the technological frontier.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)155-165
Numero di pagine11
RivistaJournal of International Economics
Volume76
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2008

Keywords

  • Absorptive capacity
  • Citations
  • Knowledge production function
  • Patents
  • R&D spillovers

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