Firm Productivity, innovation and Financial Development

Author/Editor:

Genevieve Verdier ; Erasmus Kersting ; Era Dabla-Norris

Publication Date:

February 1, 2010

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

How do firm-specific actions-in particular, innovation-affect firm productivity? And what is the role of the financial sector in facilitating higher productivity? Using a rich firm-level dataset, we find that innovation is crucial for firm performance as it directly and measurably increases productivity. Moreover, its effects on productivity are mediated through the financial sector; firms reap the maximum benefits from innovation in countries with well-developed financial sectors. This effect is particularly important for firms in high-tech sectors, which typically have higher external financing needs.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/49

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451963250/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010049

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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