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The complementary role of exports and R & D investments as sources of productivity growth

Author: Bee-Yan Aw; Mark J Roberts; Tor Winston; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, 2005.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 11774.
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"This paper examines two potential channels of knowledge acquisition that underlie firm productivity growth in the Taiwanese electronics industry: participation in the export market and investments in R & D and/or worker training. We focus on the argument that a firm's own investments in R & D are necessary for the firm to assimilate knowledge or expertise gained from foreign contacts and thus are an important  Read more...
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Aw, Bee-Yan.
Complementary role of exports and R & D investments as sources of productivity growth.
Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, 2005
(OCoLC)62480047
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bee-Yan Aw; Mark J Roberts; Tor Winston; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 62276761
Notes: November 2005.
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Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (24, [5] pages).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 11774.
Responsibility: Bee Yan Aw, Mark J. Roberts, Tor Winston.

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"This paper examines two potential channels of knowledge acquisition that underlie firm productivity growth in the Taiwanese electronics industry: participation in the export market and investments in R & D and/or worker training. We focus on the argument that a firm's own investments in R & D are necessary for the firm to assimilate knowledge or expertise gained from foreign contacts and thus are an important component of the process of learning-by-exporting. Firm-level panel data from 1986, 1991, and 1996 is used to investigate a firm's decision to invest in these two activities and to assess the effects of these investments on the firm's future total factor productivity. The empirical model consists of four equations. The firm's decisions to export and invest in R & D and/or worker training are modeled with a bivariate probit model that recognizes the interdependence of the decisions. We then estimate how participation in these investment activities alters the firm's future productivity trajectory while controlling for the potential selection bias introduced by endogenous firm exit. The primary empirical findings are that, on average, firms that export but do not invest in R & D and/or worker training have significantly higher future productivity than firms that do not participate in either activity. In addition, firms that export and invest in R & D and/or worker training have significantly higher future productivity than firms that only export. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that export experience is an important source of productivity growth for Taiwanese firms and that firm investments in R & D and worker training facilitate their ability to benefit from their exposure to the export market"--National Bureau of Economic Research web site.

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