R&D Activity Investments and Macroeconomic Determinant Factors: A Firm-level Investigation of Two Segments of the Electronic Industry in Sweden
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Investments in R&D activities are essential to firms. Decisions to increase or decrease R&D investments may rely according to changes in macroeconomic factors. The purpose of this paper is: to examine how firms in the industries; manufacturing computers, electronics and optics and manufacturing electrical equipment, have increased or decreased their R&D investments, in conjunction with macro factors during the 2000s. The sample is 49 Swedish firms. This paper is based on quantitative firm-level panel data on R&D activity investments and aggregated quantitative macro-level data on macro factors. The firm-level panel data set has been put together completely from scratch, using collected and transformed raw data. Using a logistic regression model, the results show that macro factors do affect R&D investments on a micro-level, to some extent. Further, the results show that change in macro factors does to a greater extent, affect decreases in R&D investments than increases in R&D investments. The process of increase and decrease of R&D investment should be considered as two different dynamic processes. Increase and decrease do not follow the same pattern, thus a decrease of R&D investments is a more explicit decision than a decision to increase R&D investments.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 33 p.
R&D investment, Macroeconomic factors, R&D increase, R&D decrease
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-19610OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-19610DiVA: diva2:643836
Subject / course
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Gratzer, Karl, ProfessorTesfaye, Besrat, Högskolelektor
Stryjan, Yohanan, Professor