The Impact of R&D Offshoring on the Home Knowledge Production of OECD Investing Regions

Lorena M. D'Agostino, Keld Laursen, Grazia D. Santangelo

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    Abstract

    We investigate the effect of research and development (R&D) offshoring from high-income regions to prominent emerging economies. Specifically, we examine whether there is a complementary relationship between a region’s home and foreign investments in R&D that affects home’s regional knowledge production. Using a theoretical framework based on economic geography and the literature on international knowledge sourcing, we conjecture that high-income regions would have a comparative advantage in high-tech R&D, while emerging economies would have an advantage in medium/low R&D. Complementarity should obtain when the comparative advantages of the geographical areas are utilized. We find overall empirical support for this prediction.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Economic Geography
    Volume13
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)145-175
    ISSN1468-2702
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Keywords

    • R&D Offshoring
    • Knowledge Production
    • Complementarity
    • Emerging Countries

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    The Impact of R&D Offshoring on the Home Knowledge Production of OECD Investing Regions. / M. D'Agostino, Lorena; Laursen, Keld; Santangelo, Grazia D.

    In: Journal of Economic Geography, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2013, p. 145-175.

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