University R&D and firm productivity: Evidence from Italy

Giuseppe Medda, Claudio Piga, Donald S. Siegel

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Abstract

Ed Mansfield wrote several papers on the private returns to basic research (e.g. Mansfield, 1980) and the influence of academic research on industrial innovation (e.g. Mansfield, 1991). We extend this line of research by assessing the impact of university research on total factor productivity growth of Italian manufacturing firms. The econometric analysis is based on reduced-form estimation of the R&D capital stock model, including controls for two potential sources of sample selection bias, as proposed by Crepon et al. (1998) and Piga and Vivarelli (2004). Our results suggest that while there are positive returns to collaborative research with other firms, collaborative research with universities does not appear to directly stimulate productivity. We interpret this result as consistent with recent evidence (e.g. Hall et al. 2001, 2003) suggesting that firms engage in collaborative research with universities when appropriability conditions are weak.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationEssays in Honor of Edwin Mansfield
Subtitle of host publicationThe Economics of R&D, Innovation, and Technological Change
EditorsAlbert Link, F.M. Scherer
PublisherSpringer US
Pages145-151
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0387250107, 9780387250106
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Italy
Collaborative research
Firm productivity
Reduced form
Sample selection bias
Industrial innovation
Manufacturing firms
Basic research
Academic research
Capital stock
Econometric analysis
Total factor productivity growth
Productivity
Appropriability
University research

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Medda, G., Piga, C., & Siegel, D. S. (2005). University R&D and firm productivity: Evidence from Italy. In A. Link, & F. M. Scherer (Eds.), Essays in Honor of Edwin Mansfield: The Economics of R&D, Innovation, and Technological Change (pp. 145-151). Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-25022-0_11
Medda, Giuseppe ; Piga, Claudio ; Siegel, Donald S. / University R&D and firm productivity : Evidence from Italy. Essays in Honor of Edwin Mansfield: The Economics of R&D, Innovation, and Technological Change. editor / Albert Link ; F.M. Scherer. Springer US, 2005. pp. 145-151
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Medda, G, Piga, C & Siegel, DS 2005, University R&D and firm productivity: Evidence from Italy. in A Link & FM Scherer (eds), Essays in Honor of Edwin Mansfield: The Economics of R&D, Innovation, and Technological Change. Springer US, pp. 145-151. https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-25022-0_11

University R&D and firm productivity : Evidence from Italy. / Medda, Giuseppe; Piga, Claudio; Siegel, Donald S.

Essays in Honor of Edwin Mansfield: The Economics of R&D, Innovation, and Technological Change. ed. / Albert Link; F.M. Scherer. Springer US, 2005. p. 145-151.

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Medda G, Piga C, Siegel DS. University R&D and firm productivity: Evidence from Italy. In Link A, Scherer FM, editors, Essays in Honor of Edwin Mansfield: The Economics of R&D, Innovation, and Technological Change. Springer US. 2005. p. 145-151 https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-25022-0_11