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Economic Commentary

Can R&D Be the Rx for the Midwest?

Vital to a region's long-run economic growth is the ability of its manufacturing sector to improve product quality and to introduce more technologically advanced products. For the Midwest, research and development spending has been low compared with spending by firms on the East and West coasts. The authors examine whether this shortfall has been significant in the relationship between Midwest firms' R&D expenditures and their sales.

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Suggested Citation

Melkers, Julia, and Randall Eberts. 1990. “Can R&D Be the Rx for the Midwest?” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 1/15/1990.

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