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This paper makes an early attempt to estimate the magnitude and intensity of manufacturing firms' R&D by Indian states during the period 1991-2008 and analyses the role of regional factors on firm-level R&D activities. As there is little research on state-wise R&D performance of firms in India, this paper serves an important contribution to the academic and policy realm. It has brought out the fact that the total manufacturing R&D investment in India is unevenly distributed regionally with a few states accounting for disproportionate share of it. Regional heterogeneity or inter-state disparities in R&D has increased between the 1990s and the first decade of the twenty-first century.
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