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The impact of research grant funding on scientific productivity

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  • Jacob, Brian A.
  • Lefgren, Lars
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    In this paper, we estimate the impact of receiving an NIH grant on subsequent publications and citations. Our sample consists of all applications (unsuccessful as well as successful) to the NIH from 1980 to 2000 for standard research grants (R01s). Both OLS and IV estimates show that receipt of an NIH research grant (worth roughly $1.7million) leads to only one additional publication over the next five years, which corresponds to a 7% increase. The limited impact of NIH grants is consistent with a model in which the market for research funding is competitive, so that the loss of an NIH grant simply causes researchers to shift to another source of funding.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Public Economics.

    Volume (Year): 95 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 9 ()
    Pages: 1168-1177

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:pubeco:v:95:y:2011:i:9:p:1168-1177

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    Keywords: Scientific productivity; Regression discontinuity; Government funding;

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    1. Hottenrott, Hanna & Lawson, Cornelia, 2013. "Fishing for complementarities: Competitive research funding and research productivity," ZEW Discussion Papers 13-113, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    2. Jose Miguel Benavente & Gustavo Crespi & Lucas Figal Garone & Alessandro Maffioli, 2012. "The Impact of National Research Funds: A Regression Discontinuity Approach to the Chilean FONDECYT," Working Papers wp356, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
    3. Morten S. Henningsen & Torbjørn Hægeland & Jarle Møen, 2012. "Estimating the additionality of R&D subsidies using proposal evaluation data to control for firms’ R&D intentions," Discussion Papers 729, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
    4. Sander Gerritsen & Karen van der Wiel & Erik Plug (UVA), 2013. "Up or out? How individual research grants affect academic careers in the Netherlands," CPB Discussion Paper 249, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
    5. Banal-Estanol, A. & Jofre-Bonet, M. & Lawson, C., 2013. "The Double-Edged Sword of Industry Collaboration: Evidence from Engineering Academics in the UK," Working Papers 13/03, Department of Economics, City University London.
    6. Aoki, Shuhei & Kimura, Megumi, 2014. "Allocation of Research Resources and Publication Productivity in Japan: A Growth Accounting Approach," IIR Working Paper 13-24, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University.
    7. Henningsen, Morten S. & Hægeland, Torbjørn & Møen, Jarle, 2014. "Estimating the additionality of R&D subsidies using proposal evaluation data to control for research intentions," Discussion Papers 2014/18, Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics.

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