Internationalisation, innovation and productivity in services: evidence from Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom

August 9, 2018 | Journal Article

Authors: Bettina Peters , Rebecca Riley , Iulia Siedschlag , Priit Vahter , John McQuinn
Review of World Economics , Vol. 154, Issue 3, August 2018, pp. 585-615

This paper examines the links between internationalisation, innovation and productivity in service enterprises. For this purpose, we use micro data from the Community Innovation Survey 2008 in Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and estimate an augmented structural model. Our empirical evidence highlights the importance of internationalisation in the context of innovation outputs in all three countries. Our results indicate that innovation in service enterprises is linked to higher productivity. Among the innovation types that we consider, the largest productivity returns were found for marketing innovations.

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