FEEM working papers "Note di lavoro" series
2016 .044

Firm Employment Growth, R&D Expenditures and Exports

Authors: Marco Di Cintio, Sucharita Ghosh, Emanuele Grassi
Series: Economic Theory and Applications
Editor: Carlo Carraro
Keywords: Exports, R&D, Firm Growth, Quantile Regression
JEL n.: J63, M51, O31, F14


This paper studies firms’ decisions to export and invest in R&D and their effects on employment growth and labor flows for a sample of Italian SMEs operating in the manufacturing industry. After accounting for the under-reporting of R&D in SMEs, our quantile regressions reveal that (i) R&D is associated with higher employment growth rates, higher hiring rates and lower separation rates; (ii) R&D-induced exports are negatively related to employment growth and accessions and positively related to separations; and (iii) pure exports are not a driver of employment growth and labor flows.


Suggested citation: Di Cintio, M., S. Ghosh, E. Grassi, (2016), 'Firm Employment Growth, R&D Expenditures and Exports', Nota di Lavoro 44.2016, Milan, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

Download file
Download PDF file

FEEM Newsletter & Update

Subscribe to stay connected.

Your personal data will be processed by Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei. – data Controller – with the aim of emailing the FEEM newsletter & Update. The use of Your email address is necessary for the implementation of the newsletter service. You are invited to read the Privacy Policy in order to obtain additional information about the protection of Your rights.

This Website uses technical cookies and cookie analytics, as well as “third party” profiling cookies.
If you close this banner or you decide to continue navigating on this Website, you express consent to the use of cookies. If you need additional information or you wish to express selective choices on the use of cookies, please refer to the   Cookie PolicyI agree