Heterogeneity in R&D collaboration: An empirical investigation

TitleHeterogeneity in R&D collaboration: An empirical investigation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCarboni, OA
JournalStructural Change and Economic Dynamics

This work explores the roles of potential simultaneity and heterogeneity in determining firms’ decisions to engage in R&D collaboration, using a sample of Italian manufacturing firms. Collaboration with other firms, research institutions, universities and other small centres are considered jointly by applying a multivariate probit specification. This allows for systematic correlations among different cooperation choices. The results support the hypothesis that the four cooperation decisions are interdependent. The decision to cooperate in R&D differs significantly depending on the cooperation options. Public support, the researcher intensity and the size are all of importance in determining R&D collaboration strategies.

Keywordsapplied econometrics, firm behaviour, r&d cooperation