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The perception of obstacles to innovation: foreign multinationals and domestic firms in Italy

Iammarino, Simona, Sanna-Randaccio, Francesca and Savona, Maria (2009) The perception of obstacles to innovation: foreign multinationals and domestic firms in Italy. Revue D’économie Industrielle, 125 . ISSN 1773-0198

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Abstract

This paper looks at the perception of obstacles to innovation of both foreign multinational enterprises (MNEs) and domestic firms located in Italy. Drawing on firm-level data from the Italian third Community Innovation Survey (CIS3), we show that important differences in firms’ perception of obstacles to innovation occur both across macro-regions and types of firms (i.e. foreign multinationals versus domestic firms belonging to a group and single domestic firms). The results offer support to the typical North-South divide that exists in the Italian innovation system. In addition, firms belonging to a group (especially foreign MNEs) appear to be less sensitive to their socio-economic and institutional context than single domestic firms.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://rei.revues.org/
Additional Information: © 2009 Éditions Techniques et Économiques
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2010 11:28
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27519/

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