Title: The Determinants of R&D Investment: the Role of Cash Flows and Capabilities - IPTS WORKING PAPER on CORPORATE R&D AND INNOVATION - No. 10/2010
Authors: BOGLIACINO FRANCESCOGÓMEZ CARDONA Sebasitan
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC62067
ISBN: 978-92-79-18873-2
ISSN: 1831-872X / 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 24325 EN/10
OP LF-NI-24325-EN-C
URI: http://iri.jrc.ec.europa.eu/papers.htm
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC62067
DOI: 10.2791/50719
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: In this paper we estimate a behavioural equation for R&D investment. We assess the impact of liquidity constraints and capabilities, measured respectively as internal cash flow and distance from the technological frontier. We perform our estimation on an industry level panel covering fifteen European countries from 1996 to 2005 and on a sample of European R&D performers extracted from COMPUSTAT covering 2000-2008. Both at industry level and firm level we found that financing constraints exist and that distance from the frontier negatively affects the decision to engage in R&D. We claim that the implied divergence pattern opens up a space for policy intervention, but that these policies should be correctly tailored and should also promote enablers of technological change.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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