Centro de Investigaciones Económicas - CINVE

Working papers
  • Knowledge networks for innovation in the forestry sector: Multinational companies in Uruguay


    Diego Aboal, FLavia Rovira y Federico Veneri. Abstract In this paper, we analyse the role that inter-agency and inter-business linkages have in the process of technological innovations in the forestry sector in Uruguay. We focus on what types of interaction prevail in the process of creating new knowledge and diffusing existing ones and what role different types of organizations have during this process. This paper offers new insights into the role that innovation in multinational firms has on knowledge creation and diffusion in developing countries as they interact with and…

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  • A guide for the evaluation of programs of human capital training for science, technology and innovation


    Author: Diego Aboal, Marcelo Perera, Ezequiel Tacsir & Maren Vairo Abstract: We provide a practical guide for impact evaluation of Training and Human Capital programs in Science Technology and Innovation (STI). This document addresses specific challenges that arise when evaluating this type of programs, discussing its logic, the advantages and drawbacks of the different sources of information, the strategies which may be appropriate for evaluation, and the suitability of applying the different experimental and quasi-experimental available methods. For each technique, the document highlights the characteristics and assumptions, the strengths and…

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  • Innovation and Productivity in Services and Manufacturing: The Role of ICT Investment


    Diego Aboal and Ezequiel Tacsir-CINVE Abstract Several studies have highlighted ICT as a driver of firm productivity in developed countries. However, the evidence about the impacts of ICT on services and manufacturing and particularly for developing countries is scarce. This paper focuses on understanding the determinants of investments in ICT at firm level and how this adoption ultimately affects innovation and productivity of Uruguayan services firms vis a vis manufacturing. Results show that ICT investments are more subject to economies of scale than other types of investments, are important for…

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  • Jamaica’s need to appropriate economic value

    Beverley Morgan


    Introduction The growth in services has become a significant part of the global economy, with services accounting for an increasingly significant proportion of nations’ GDP and international trade (Gallouj & Djellal, 2010; Florida, 2004).  In the Caribbean and Latin America, services account for approximately sixty percent of employment but reflect low levels of productivity and contribution to GDP, relative their size in the regions’ economies (Tacsir, et al, 2011).  In the case of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the role, actual and potential, played by services assumes particular importance.   These…

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  • Innovation and Productivity in Services: An impact evaluation of Colciencias funding programs in Colombia

    Marcela Umaña-Aponte, Fernando Estupiñan, Cristian Duque


    Abstract Globalization and the transition of economies and societies towards a system based on knowledge and information have intensified competition and interdependence among countries. We present an impact evaluation of funding programs, designed to promote innovation activities in the Colombian service sector. The incorporation of two novel panel data at firm level allows to control for unobserved heterogeneity. Results indicate that there may be a significant impact in terms of labour productivity for small companies and KIBS and of gross margins for large companies. This is especially true for projects…

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  • Quantitative Analysis Component: On the Determinants of Innovation in Services and its Linkages with Productivity

    Mario D. Tello


    Introduction “Analysis of services sector and innovation activities taken separately are scanty for Peruvian economy and taken together not existent. The average share of real value added of the services sector out of GDP in Peru in the last decade has been about 40% (Banco Central de Reserva Del Peru, 2012) and the estimated employment share out of total occupied economic active population (OEAP) about 32%, wherein 77% of this employment comes from the informal sector.Most of the work on the services sector has been oriented to the analysis of…

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