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Tesi etd-07072010-153902

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The determinants of R&D cooperation. Evidence from the manufacturing and the service sector in Europe.
Settore scientifico disciplinare
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tutor Dott. Giuliani, Elisa
tutor Prof. Secchi, Angelo
Parole chiave
  • services
  • R&D cooperation
  • innovation
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Riassunto analitico
This thesis is composed by three chapters dealing with the determinants of R&amp;D<br>cooperation in the manufacturing and the service sectors. The first chapter provides<br>a literature review on the factors that mainly affect firms&#39; propensity to<br>engage in R&amp;D cooperation and highlights points which literature has not still<br>achieved consistent results.<br>Moving on these points, the second chapter provides the analysis of R&amp;D cooperation<br>determinants in the Italian manufacturing and service sectors using the<br>fourth Community Innovation Survey data (2002-2004). This analysis shows some<br>important differences, between the manufacturing and the service sectors, in the<br>cooperative behaviour of Italian firms. First, the appropriability of innovation results<br>increases the probability of cooperation but this effect is much more evident<br>in the manufacturing sector than in the services. Second, subsidies for innovation<br>have the effect to increase the probability of cooperation in particular in the<br>services. Since this last results could have some important policy implications if<br>confirmed in other scenarios, the last part of the thesis try to understand if this<br>positive relationship between public funding and R&amp;D cooperation is consistent<br>across countries and if it is particularly relevant in the service sector, as the analysis<br>of the Italian case would suggests. This analysis, in fact, should help policy<br>makers to acquire a better understanding of national innovative behaviours and<br>to develop policies that can shift firms&#39; capabilities toward greater collaboration<br>and innovation activity.<br>The empirical analysis of this last chapter is performed using the third European<br>Community Innovation Surveys (1998-2000) for seven countries. Results show a<br>positive impact of subsidies for innovation on R&amp;D cooperation. This impact is<br>often larger in the service sector than in the manufacturing one. However, the<br>most evidently emerging result is that innovation subsidies increase, in particular,<br>R&amp;D cooperations between firms and universities or research institutes. This result<br>is consistent and highly significant for all the countries analyzed, thus leaving<br>room for policy implications.