Complementarity in Innovation and Development: A Cross-country Comparison

Jun Hou, UNU-MERIT

The present thesis sheds light on the potential synergistic effects of innovation strategies and policies in developing countries. The findings have contributed to the complementarity literature by expanding our understanding of complementarity assets that potentially exist in innovation. The main concerns are placed on investigating the interdependent relationships between technological sourcing strategies, and also the potential interactions between innovation obstacles. Furthermore, this thesis also discusses the methodology in testing complementarity in the case of more than two activities. By comparing two commonly used one-sided multivariate hypotheses, it provides a detailed examination of their potential problems and statistical powers, and also gives implications on which hypothesis should be adopted across different model specifications. The Investment Climate Survey from the World Bank has been used as the main data source for the empirical analyses.

Venue: Minderbroedersberg 4-6, Maastricht

Date: 11 October 2013

Time: 12:00 - 13:30


UNU-MERIT