Innovation in Linked and Non-linked Firms: Effects of Variety of Linkages in East Asia

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Tomohiro Machikita
Yasushi Ueki


This paper proposes a new mechanism linking innovation and network in developing economies to detect explicit production and information linkages and investigates the testable implications of these linkages using survey data gathered from manufacturing frms in Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. In-house R&D activities, internal resources, and linkages with local frms and foreign frms play a role in reducing the costs of product and process innovation and search costs for fnding new suppliers and customers. We found that frms with more varieties of information linkages achieve more types of innovations. Complementarities between internal and external sources of knowledge are also found.


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