ZEW Discussion Papers
Knowledge Flows and R&D Co-operation: Firm-level Evidence from Germany
Schmidt, Tobias (2005), Knowledge Flows and R&D Co-operation: Firm-level Evidence from Germany, ZEW Discussion Paper No. 05-22, Mannheim. Download
This paper analyzes the determinants of R&D co-operation among German
manufacturing firms. Using firm level data from the Third Community Innovation
Survey from Germany, we focus on the role of spillovers in explaining R&D cooperation.
We also investigate firms’ decisions to cooperate with research institutions
or with suppliers and customers. Implementing a two-step estimation
procedure, we find a positive effect of knowledge flows on the probability of
R&D co-operation in most model specifications. Additionally, we show that firms
with high intramural R&D budgets are more likely to cooperate with universities
and research institutions than with suppliers and customers.
Keywords: Spillovers, R&D Co-operation, CIS 3