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Accueil du site > Membres > Chercheurs et Enseignants-Chercheurs > Fiches > LHUILLERY Stéphane > ARTICLES > 2011, Absorptive capacity, efficiency effect and competitors’ spillovers, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 21(4) pp 649-663.

2011, Absorptive capacity, efficiency effect and competitors’ spillovers, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 21(4) pp 649-663.

Standard innovation surveys do not consider incoming spillovers for non-innovative firms. As a consequence, empirical works may overestimate the absorptive capacity effect, particularly among competitors. The Swiss innovation surveys presented here measure the importance of knowledge for both innovating and non-innovating firms. This original feature enables us to show that knowledge from rivals actually deters manufacturing firms from engaging in R&D activities. We therefore provide stronger evidence that the efficiency effect due to intra-industry spillovers is larger than that generally estimated by data from standard surveys. The R&D based absorptive capacity is weaker than expected, and non-innovative firms as well as non-R&D firms heavily rely on their rivals’ knowledge to maintain their technological capacities.

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