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Innovation and SMEs patent propensity in Korea

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  • Innovation and SMEs patent propensity in Korea
  • Han, Junghee; Heshmati, Almas
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Title Innovation and SMEs patent propensity in Korea
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Han, Junghee; Heshmati, Almas

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[Bonn]:IZA

Date 2015-01
Series Title; No Discussion Paper / no. 8790
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Entrepreneurship
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Abstract

This paper analyzes the patent propensity as an outcome of innovative activities of regional SMEs. To achieve the aims, we apply robust regression analysis to estimate the models to test 5 research hypotheses using 263 firm level data located at Gwangju region in Korea. Our empirical results show that a firm’s industry characteristics, such as machinery and automotive parts industry, is negatively related with propensity to patent innovation. Also, unlike expectations, the InnoBiz firms designated as innovative SMEs by the government are not performing differently than general firms. Only the CEO’s academic credentials are positively related with propensity to patent. From the findings, we can conclude that patenting propensity is not directly related with a firm’s characteristics but mainly to CEO’s managerial strategy. (The rest omitted)