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Title: Three essays on research and development, growth and cycles
Author: Serôdio, Pedro David Matos
ISNI:       0000 0004 5358 4003
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2014
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The aggregate behaviour of research expenditure has often been subject to fragmented and partial analyses embedded in wider questions in macroeconomic theory. I combine some of these approaches to create a unified framework under which the relationship between business cycles, economic growth and R&D expenditure can be analysed. In particular, I argue that while the inclusion endogenous technological progress in a classical dynamic general equilibrium model does not greatly improve its performance, it captures important features of the behaviour of research spending along the cycle. Then, using multiple data sources and levels of aggregation, I argue that existing theories of the cyclical pattern of investment in innovative activity are incomplete and propose a more general framework that ties together previous results in the literature. Finally, I develop a theoretical model that captures many of these features and makes additional predictions about the behaviour of research expenditure along the business cycle that can then be explicitly and formally tested.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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