Empirical explorations of firm innovation, government intervention and firm performance in European countries

Crowley, F., 2015, [Groningen]: University of Groningen. 193 p.

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  • Frank Crowley
Empirical Explorations of Firm Innovation, Government Intervention and Firm Performance in European Countries.

The broad objectives of the research within this thesis are: firstly, to analyse the process of innovation across innovation types using the firm as a unit of analysis; secondly, to examine the firm innovation-productivity relationship; and thirdly to examine the relationship between government intervention and firm performance in Europe. Some of the key findings from the research indicate that: innovation effort, capital intensity, size, location and the operating environment are key variables explaining a firms’ propensity to innovate in Ireland; there is an economic geography effect in the Irish case supporting the urban-hierarchy model, where urbanisation is important for product innovation and less important for process innovations; innovation has a positive effect on the productivity levels of firms across all innovation (product/process) and economy types (innovation/transition driven economies) in European firms; there is a rationale for policy intervention in Europe towards non-innovating firms, depending on where the transitional heterogeneity effects are greatest; subsidies are important for firms innovating in the Irish case and in innovation driven economies, but not for firms in transition economies; a key motivation for government intervention is to balance regional growth both in innovation and transition driven economies; and government intervention in innovation driven economies and transition driven economies has a positive effect on firm productivity, but if policymakers want to maximise market returns with respect to firm productivity, they are choosing to intervene with the ‘wrong’ group of firms in most cases.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • McCann, Philip, Supervisor
  • Dijk, van, Jouke, Assessment committee
  • Van Oort, F., Assessment committee, External person
  • Roper, S., Assessment committee, External person
Award date14-Sep-2015
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-90-367-7846-6
Electronic ISBNs978-90-367-7845-9
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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