Working Paper BETA #2007-12

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Title : The perception of obstacles to innovation. Multinational and domestic firms in Italy

Author(s) : Simona Iammarino, Francesca Sanna-Randaccio, Maria Savona

Abstract : This paper looks at the perception of obstacles to innovation of both multinational enterprises (MNEs) and domestic firms located in Italy. Drawing on data from the firm-level Italian CIS3, we first explore to what extent innovative behaviours are both firm- (i.e. foreign- versus nationally-owned multinationals, MNEs versus single domestic firms) and region-specific. We then examine whether the perception of obstacles to innovation varies among types of firms and regions.

Key-words : obstacles to innovation, multinational firms, innovation processes, regional location.

JEL Classification : O3, F23, R3.