Health insurance, innovation, and technology adoption

Joan Costa-i-Font, Alistair McGuire, Victoria Serra-Sastre 19 January 2013

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With government budgets under pressure in mature economies, burgeoning healthcare expenditures are under scrutiny. In this light, healthcare innovation can either help by developing new cheaper treatments or make healthcare policy decisions more difficult by introducing new, better but more expensive technologies.

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Topics:  Health economics

Tags:  health, technology, research and development

What happens to R&D in domestic multinationals after foreign acquisition?

Roger Bandick, Holger Görg, Patrik Karpaty 15 January 2011

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 The recent waves of cross-border mergers and acquisitions have raised the question as to what will happen to the domestic firms, and in particular the headquarter activities of domestic multinationals, once they are acquired by a foreign owner.

In Sweden – a nation with particularly good data on its multinationals – this is an important issue. Former flagship Swedish multinationals such as Volvo, Saab, Asea, and Astra have all been acquired by foreign owners and, therefore, are no longer Swedish. And of course similar events are observed or mooted in many other countries.

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Topics:  Global economy Productivity and Innovation

Tags:  globalisation, multinational companies, research and development

You can raise productivity through R&D, but geography matters a lot

Sergey Lychagin, John Van Reenen, Margaret E Slade, Joris Pinkse 25 October 2010

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President Obama recently proposed increasing the generosity of the US research and development (R&D) tax credit system and making it a permanent feature of the US tax code. This was justified by the idea that more R&D would lead to growth, not just worldwide but particularly in the US.

But such a bold statement raises some fundamental questions:

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Topics:  Productivity and Innovation

Tags:  productivity and innovation, innovation, agglomeration, economic geography, research and development

Financial constraints and innovation: Why poor countries don't catch up

Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Monika Schnitzer 08 April 2010

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Does international assistance spur development? Dambisa Moyo’s critical evaluation of aid in Africa has once more caused us to question what we really know about growth and development (see for example Easterly 2009, Moyo 2009, Sachs 2009).

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Topics:  Development Productivity and Innovation

Tags:  investment, financial frictions, research and development

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