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This report investigates the relationships between industrial structure and patterns of innovation, on the basis of an empirical study of Italian industry. An expanded set of links between structural and technological variables is analysed, considering in particular the role played by investment as a form of innovative activity and as a determinant of industrial structure. The analysis focuses on three key questions: (i) to what extent are in-house R&D and D&E (design and engineering) activities substitutive or complementary to innovative investment? (ii) do larger firms perform more R&D and D&E activities than smaller firms? (iii) are larger firms more capital intensive than smaller firms? The results relate well to the characteristics of Italian industry. Small and medium firms are particularly important and even in the 1980s have shown dynamic performances which have not been matched by similar innovative and economic success in larger firms.

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Authors: SIRILLI G, CNR, Nomisma (IT);EVANGELISTA R, CNR, Nomisma (IT);PIANTA M, CNR, Nomisma (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Report: EN (1994) 36 pp.
Availability: Available from the Technical Assistance Unit, rue de la Faiencerie 119, L-1511 Luxembourg (LU)
Record Number: 199530051 / Last updated on: 1995-02-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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