R&D, innovation and exporting: evidence from UK new technology based firms

Panagiotis Ganotakis, James H. Love

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We examine the relationship between R&D, innovation and exporting for a sample of new technology based firms (NTBFs) in the UK. Allowance is made for selection bias and for endogeneity between innovation and exporting. Innovators are more likely to export, but conditional on entering export markets successful innovation does not increases subsequent export intensity. Lagged productivity is strongly associated with exporting, supporting the view that efficient firms are better able to overcome the barriers to entering export markets. We also find strong evidence of the importance of internal R&D and of supply-chain collaborations in fostering innovation, and that formal commercial collaborations can be important in overcoming the (information) sunk costs of entering export markets. The use of e-commerce does nothing to boost entry into export markets, but the intensity of its use is associated with increased export intensity.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBirmingham (UK)
PublisherAston University
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)978-1-85449-762-8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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NameAston Business School research papers
PublisherAston University

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  • R&D
  • innovation
  • exporting
  • e-commerce
  • sample selection


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