Journal of Productivity Analysis

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 117–135 | Cite as

R&D and productivity: A broad cross-section cross-country look

  • Bart Verspagen


The empirical literature on R&D and productivity has shown that there is indeed a positive influence of R&D investment on output growth. However, the exact relation depends to a large extent on the approach chosen (i.e., functional form). Because most studies concentrate on a limited number of countries or sectors and use their own specific methodology, comparison is difficult. This paper aims at providing a broad overview of cross-country and cross-sector differences in the relation between (direct) R&D and output growth, using a common methodology, so that comparison is easier. The functional form used is a translog production function, which is applied to data for 15 manufacturing sectors and 9 principal OECD countries.


R&D and productivity JEL-codes: O30, O40, O57 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bart Verspagen
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  1. 1.Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and TechnologyMaastricht

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