Grassi, Emanuele and Di Cintio, Marco (2012): Uncertainty, flexible labour relations and R&D expenditure.
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This paper examines the effects of uncertainty and flexible labour contracts on the Research and Development (R&D) expenditure. Using a panel of Italian manufacturing firms, we find a hump-shaped relationship between workforce flexibility and R&D outlays. Moreover, as predicted by the real options theory, our results suggest that product market uncertainty reduces R&D efforts and that flexible labour contracts countervail the adverse effect of uncertainty on R&D.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Uncertainty, flexible labour relations and R&D expenditure|
|Keywords:||Real options theory, R&D, uncertainty, temporary workers|
|Subjects:||D - Microeconomics > D2 - Production and Organizations > D21 - Firm Behavior: Theory
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D81 - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights > O31 - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
|Depositing User:||Emanuele Grassi|
|Date Deposited:||26. Mar 2012 14:27|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 15:23|
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