Education, Training, Innovation

Evidence from Transition Economies

by Alisher Akhmedjonov

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Innovation is the key to productivity growth and prosperity. Most empirical cross-country analysis of the determinants of innovation focus mainly on developed countries. The objective of this study is to fill this gap in the research and analyze the determinants of innovation in transition countries of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. It develops a model of innovation which incorporates the role of both firm, industry and country characteristics. The study uses large representative surveys (Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Surveys) to test this model and to examine whether and how firm, industry and country characteristics matter for innovation. In addition to information on firm size, access to finance, export involvement, and market concentration, these surveys explore impact of formal higher education and workforce training on the likelihood of a firm innovating.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Determinants of Innovation in Transition Countries

  • Chapter Three

    Do Higher Levels of Education Raise Earnings in Russia?

  • Chapter Four

    Conclusions and Implications

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