The effects of patents as indicators for innovations and standards on German trade performance are analysed in general and German British trade in detail. The latter analysis goes a step further than the approach of Swann et al. (1996) and is based on a broader and more detailed database. The results show that Germany's export performance can primarily be explained by its innovative capacity and only to a small extent by its strength in standards. Furthermore, the results underscore the common view of the trade-fostering effect of international standards, while idiosyncratic' standards have ambiguous effects on exports.
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Germany, Patents, Standards, Trade, UK
|Authors||Blind, Knut (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Germany), Jungmittag, Andre (Macroeconomic Theory and Policy, FBB, University of Wuppertal, Germany)|
|Publisher:||Routledge - Taylor & Francis Group|
|Keywords:||Germany, Patents, Standards, Trade, UK|