Innovation for economic performance: The case of Latin American firms

Arias Ortiz, Elena, Crespi, Gustavo A., Tacsir, Ezequiel, Vargas, Fernando and Zuniga, Pluvia (2013). Innovation for economic performance: The case of Latin American firms. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Arias Ortiz, Elena
    Crespi, Gustavo A.
    Tacsir, Ezequiel
    Vargas, Fernando
    Zuniga, Pluvia
    Title Innovation for economic performance: The case of Latin American firms
    Publication Date 2013
    Place of Publication Maastricht
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Pages 31
    Abstract In this note, a wide range of innovation indicators are analysed in order to describe the innovation behaviour of manufacturing firms in LAC using the recently released Enterprise Surveys 2010. The Enterprise Surveys define innovation rates as the share of firms introducing product and process innovations. The survey also measures the proportion of firms investing in research and development (R&D) and filing for intellectual property rights (IPRs). The aim of this note is to understand the main characteristics of innovative firms and to gather new evidence with regard to the nature of the innovation process in the region. Statistics about the performance of LAC firms are provided using different types of indicators to measure firms' innovative behaviour. In particular, differences in innovation performance and effort by country, sector, and key firm characteristics, such as being a multinational or exporter, are explored. Those firms in LAC that are top R&D performers are identified, and the analysis closes with an exploration of firm characteristics that strongly correlate with the probability of being a top R&D performer in the region.
    Keyword Innovation
    Research and development
    Latin America
    Enterprise surveys
    JEL D22
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2013
    Copyright type Creative commons
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