After presenting the history, the evolution and the content of
innovation surveys, we discuss the characteristics of the data they
contain and the challenge they pose to the analyst and the
econometrician. We document the two uses that have been made of these
data: the construction of scoreboards for monitoring innovation and the
scholarly analysis of various issue related to innovation. In particular
we review the questions examined and the results obtained regarding the
determinants, the effects, the complementarities, and the dynamics of
innovation. We conclude by suggesting ways to improve the data
collection and their econometric analysis.
JEL: O30, O50, C35, C81,
Keywords: innovation survey, econometrics, complementarity, productivity, R&D, collaboration.
UNU-MERIT Working Papers ISSN 1871-9872