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Imports, Productivity and the Origin Markets: The role of knowledge-intensive economies
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.), Economics. KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Centres, Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, CESIS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5871-8571
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Abstract [en]

This paper investigates whether domestic firms’ productivity is an increasing function of imports fromthe most knowledge intensive economies in the world, i.e. the G7 countries. Using Swedish firm-leveldata, we confirm an instantaneous causality going from imports to productivity. We also show thatproductivity is increasing in the G7-fraction of total imports. Our results highlight the importance ofimport flows from R&D and knowledge intensive economies for productivity and are consistent withimports being a vehicle for technology diffusion. Tests of the sensitivity of the results suggest that G7imports are particularly important for firms in high-technology sectors and for firms belonging tomultinationals and domestic corporations.

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CESIS, KTH Royal Institute of Technology , 2008. , 29 p.
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CESIS Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation, 146
Keyword [en]
Technology diffusion, productivity, imports, panel data, GMM
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-72334OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-72334DiVA: diva2:487494
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QC 20120209Available from: 2012-02-09 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2012-02-09Bibliographically approved

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