Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/89144
Authors: 
Monges-Gonzalez, Ricardo
Hewitt, John
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-189
Abstract: 
This paper addresses the relationships between innovation, research and development (R&D) and productivity in domestic ICT firms in Costa Rica. Factors considered were the types of innovation outputs produced by domestic ICT firms, the relative importance of innovation inputs, the impacts of innovation on firm productivity, the protection of innovations, and impediments to innovation. While most firms engaged in all types of output and input innovations, they appear to be driven by retaining or increasing market share rather than increasing productivity. Half of firms do not formally protect the intellectual property created by their innovations, are not familiar with methods for protecting innovation or the availability of government grants for such purposes, and face barriers associated with the Costa Rican Patent Office. Other impediments include lack of knowledge about financial resources available and scarcity of human resources. There is also evidence of knowledge spillovers through worker mobility from multinationals operating in Costa Rica to domestic ICT firms.
Subjects: 
Research and development
Information communications technology
Innovation
Costa Rica
JEL: 
L20
L63
L86
O31
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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