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Exports and innovation in emerging economies Firm-level evidence from South Africa
Using a new dataset on the innovation and exports of 500 South African firms, this paper asks whether exports affect firm innovation in the context of an emerging economy. We use a range of particularly attractive features of the dataset. Firms not only report whether they innovated but describe their innovation-which reduces measurement error and provide extensive information on their other links with foreign countries or firms. We confirm that product innovation is strongly associated withfatcat:dvpu35mufrgsvkgz4twqlwarmm