Impacto de la innovación sobre la conducta exportadora en el sector de alimentos y bebidas de Colombia

José Polo, José Ramos, Aquiles Arrieta, Natalia Ramirez


This paper tries to identify the impact of the different types of innovation on export behavior in the Colombian food and beverage industry. The application of the propensity score matching method reveals that only technological innovation has a significant effect on the sector’s export behavior. In particular, product innovation impacts positively the internationalization of large companies, while process innovation does so in SMEs. The differences in strategic and innovative strategy explain the heterogeneity in the impacts obtained by the size of business and the type of innovation.


Innovation, exports, propensity score matching, absorption capacity, R&D, food and beverage, SMEs.

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