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Title: Leisure and innovation in horizontal R&D-based growth
Authors: Boikos, Spyridon
Bucci, Alberto
Stengos, Thanasis
Type: Article
Subjects: FRASCATI::Social sciences::Economics and Business::Economics
FRASCATI::Social sciences::Economics and Business::Econometrics
Keywords: Leisure externalities
Multisector growth models
R&D and innovation
Endogenous labor supply
Panel data
Issue Date: Feb-2022
Source: Economic Modelling
Volume: 107
First Page: 105730
Abstract: In this paper we try to investigate, under weak spillover effects in the R&D sector, whether leisure time can act as an externality that promotes innovation. More specifically, we set up and test a horizontal R&D-based growth model with endogenous labor supply where leisure time may enhance inventors’ productivity and therefore have (under specific conditions) positive long run effects on the accumulation of new disembodied knowledge. Our main result in the theoretical model which is confirmed empirically is that leisure time can be beneficial for innovation in situations where there are weak spillovers arising from past ideas in the invention of new ones.
ISSN: 0264-9993
Other Identifiers: 10.1016/j.econmod.2021.105730
Appears in Collections:Department of Economics

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