Where there is a will, there is a way? Assessing the impact of obstacles to innovation
May 24, 2013 Editor 0
The aim of this article is to assess the impact of obstacles to innovation on firms’ propensity to innovate. We show that distinguishing between firms that do not innovate because they do not intend to and firms that try but fail or give up because of insurmountable obstacles is key for properly measuring the impact of the barriers to innovation. Estimating an innovation production function on appropriately defined subsamples allows obtaining consistent results, i.e. a significant and negative impact of the obstacles to innovation on firms’ propensity to innovate. These results are robust to the definition of these subsamples, to the way “obstacles to innovation” are defined, as well as to the distinction between financial and nonfinancial obstacles.
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