Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/50440
Authors: 
Arvanitis, Spyros
Woerter, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
KOF working papers // KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich 277
Abstract: 
Aim of this study is to combine micro-aspects of firm behaviour with macro-aspects of business development and identify market conditions (for example, price competition) and firm characteristics (for example, type of R&D partners) that enable a firm to have a procyclical, anti-cyclical or non-systematic R&D investment behaviour. New elements of our analysis are: (a) the identification in our data of the above three main types of R&D behaviour with respect to the fluctuation of overall economic activity as measured by a standard composite indicator of the business conditions at industry level and (b) the investigation of a series of hypotheses as to innovation-relevant firm characteristics that underline the three different behaviour categories. The empirical results confirm to large extent our hypotheses and allow us to make profiles of the three types of R&D behaviour.
Subjects: 
R&D
anti-cyclical behaviour
pro-cyclical behaviour
JEL: 
O3
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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