Internationalisation of business investments in R&D and analysis of their economic impact

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Research and Innovation


The internationalisation of corporate research and development activities is one of the most important issues within the current integration of the world economy. The study aimed at providing an in-depth analysis of this development. A consortium consisting of wiiw and AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology) construed a comprehensive dataset on R&D activities of foreign-owned firms in a number of countries. In a second step, they employed this database to analyse cross-country patterns of R&D internationalisation, as well as the drivers and impacts of R&D internationalisation. wiiw contributed its expertise in the analysis of economic growth and structural change, international trade and foreign direct investment, labour markets and the European integration process to the study.


June 2010 - October 2012

wiiw team Leader

Robert Stehrer

wiiw Staff

Neil Foster-McGregor, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Ronald Hartwig, Gabor Hunya, Monika Schwarzhappel, Waltraut Urban

Project Partners


Keywords: competitiveness, foreign direct investment, innovation

Countries covered: EU27

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI, Sectoral studies