(International) R&D collaboration and SMEs: the effectiveness of targeted public R&D support schemes


Hottenrott, Hanna ; Lopes-Bento, Cindy


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/32940
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-329408
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 12-086
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: C14 , C30 , H23 , O31 , O38,
Subject headings (SWD): Innovationspolitik , Forschungssubvention , Wirkungsanalyse , Industrielle Forschung , Forschungskooperation , Internationale Unternehmenskooperation , KMU , Innovation , Flandern , Belgien , 2002-2008
Keywords (English): Innovation policy , subsidies , R&D , SMEs , international collaboration , treatment effects , innovation performance
Abstract: This study analyses the effectiveness of targeted public support for R&D investment. In particular, we test whether the specific policy design aiming at incentivizing (international) collaboration and R&D in small and mediumsized firms achieves the desired objectives on input as well as output additionality. Our results show that the targeted R&D subsidies accelerate R&D spending in the private sector, and especially so in the targeted groups. Further, we differentiate between privately financed R&D and subsidyinduced R&D investment to evaluate their respective effects on innovation performance. The results confirm that the induced R&D is productive as it translates into marketable product innovations. While both types of R&D investments trigger significant output effects, we find that the effect of subsidy-induced R&D investment is higher for firms that collaborate internationally as well as for SMEs.

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Hottenrott, Hanna ; Lopes-Bento, Cindy (2012) (International) R&D collaboration and SMEs: the effectiveness of targeted public R&D support schemes. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 12-086 [Working paper]
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