The Journal of Technology Transfer

, Volume 34, Issue 6, pp 588–602 | Cite as

Innovation and internationalization: the case of Italy

  • Rosanna Pittiglio
  • Edgardo Sica
  • Stefania Villa


The aim of this paper is to analyze the impact of international activities on knowledge output. For this purpose, we employ a dataset containing exclusively qualitative information about a sample of small and medium Italian manufacturing firms. In the econometric analysis, a probit model is used. The results of the estimations highlight that firms active in international markets generate more knowledge than their counterparts which sell in the national market only. There are two possible explanations of this result. First, globally engaged firms employ more knowledge inputs, such as higher innovation expenditures. Second, international firms are more innovative because they can access to a larger flow of ideas from external sources.


Firms’ internationalization Innovation Knowledge flows 

JEL Classification

F20 O14 O31 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosanna Pittiglio
    • 1
  • Edgardo Sica
    • 1
  • Stefania Villa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SEMS, Faculty of EconomicsUniversity of FoggiaFoggiaItaly
  2. 2.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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