Overseas R and D activities and home productivity growth: Evidence from Japanese firm-level data

Yasuyuki Todo, Satoshi Shimizutani

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This paper investigates the impact of overseas subsidiaries' R&D activities on the productivity growth of parent firms using firm-level data for Japanese multinational enterprises. Based on survey responses, we classify each overseas subsidiary's R&D as either 'innovative R&D,' which we hypothesize is likely to lead to the acquisition of foreign knowledge, or 'adaptive R&D,' which is more likely to lead to adaptation to local conditions. We find that overseas innovative R&D raises the parent firm's productivity growth, while adaptive R&D has no such effect. In addition, overseas innovative R&D does not improve the rate of return on home R&D.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)752-777
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Industrial Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics

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