Productivity, Growth, and Internationalisation: The Case of German and British High Techs

45 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2004 Last revised: 11 Sep 2018

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Helmut Fryges

Technopolis Group; University of Tasmania - Australian Innovation Research Centre; Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

International engagement is often expected to improve firm performance. Especially for small technology-oriented firms, export activities may be important, being regarded as one way to amortise these firms' high product research and development costs. This paper examines the relationship between international business activities and firm performance using a sample of about 200 young high-tech firms in Germany and the UK that were contacted by two surveys in 1997 and 2003. I find out that the performance enhancing effects of internationalisation that were still observed in 1997 are in fact restricted to an early stage of the firms' life cycles and disappear when technology-oriented firms become mature. The results are in line with many other studies: Firms exhibiting superior performance are or will become exporters.

Keywords: High technology industries, internationalisation, firm growth, productivity, switching regression

JEL Classification: F23, L25, L60, L86

Suggested Citation

Fryges, Helmut, Productivity, Growth, and Internationalisation: The Case of German and British High Techs (November 2004). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 04-079, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=628923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.628923

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