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Productivity growth, knowledge flows and spillovers

Crespi, Gustavo, Criscuolo, Chiara, Haskel, Jonathan E. and Slaughter, Matthew (2007) Productivity growth, knowledge flows and spillovers. CEPDP (785). London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK. ISBN 9780853281603

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This paper explores the role of knowledge flows and TFP growth by using direct survey data on knowledge flows linked to firm-level TFP growth data. Our knowledge flow data correspond to the kind of information flows often argued, especially by policy-makers, as important, such as within the firm, or from suppliers, purchasers, universities and competitors. We examine three questions (a) What is the source of knowledge flows? (b) To what extent do such flows contribute to productivity growth? (c) Do such flows constitute a spillover flow of free knowledge? Our evidence show that the main sources of knowledge are competitors; suppliers; plants that belong to the same group and universities. We conclude that the main “free” information flow spillover is from competitors and that multi-national presence may be a proximate source of this spillover.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2007 the authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development > O11 - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M2 - Business Economics
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2008 11:46
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:08

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