Financial system specialization and private research and development expenditure: research for OECD countries


  • Edgard Alberto Méndez-Morales Facultad de Ciencias Economicas, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Bogota, Colombia
  • Carlos Andrés Yanes-Guerra Facultad de Ciencias Economicas, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, Bogota, Colombia


R&D, Bond markets, OECD, Panel models, Stock exchanges, Financial systems


Purpose. The purpose of this paper is to analyse the role that different financial sources and financial specialization have on private research and development (R&D) activity in OECD countries.

Design/methodology/approach. The authors developed several panel regressions choosing as a final model a two-way random effects regression to understand which funding sources are related to the R&D expenditure, and how financial specialization has links to the private portion of R&D aggregated expenditure. The authors include data from the years 2000 to 2016 for OECD countries.

Findings. The results reinforce the critical role that stock markets have in enhancing private R&D and that bond markets have an inverse relationship with private R&D national expenditures. The authors do not find evidence of a link between bank sources and private R&D. Specialized financial systems (banking or market) support innovation in a better way than a mixed arrangement of those two systems.

Practical implications. The findings of this study have considerable policy implications. Policymakers need to be aware of these results, given that some variables related to financial markets, seems to boost the inputs for R&D. In the long term, this could be a signal that national and regional systems of innovation need a broad view of the factors hampering scientific activity, and also a signal that there are other ways to impact the results of the complex innovation activity through the development of stronger financial systems backing up national systems of innovation.

Originality/value. The authors found that the long discussion about the financial system that a country has to choose to enhance growth with R&D&I may have been misleading the public policy. The findings show that rather than a bank or a stock market financial system, economies looking to boost R&D&I, must specialize in one of the two systems, deepen these and generate the appropriate policies to promote science, technology and innovation using those financial markets.



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How to Cite

Méndez-Morales, E. A., & Yanes-Guerra, C. A. (2021). Financial system specialization and private research and development expenditure: research for OECD countries. Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Science, 26(51), 41–60. Retrieved from