Heart of Darkness: Modeling Public-Private Funding Interactions Inside the R&D Black Box
AbstractThis paper is a first step toward closing the analytical gap in the extensive literature on the results of interactions between public and private R&D expenditures, and their joint effects on the economy. Econometric studies in this area report a plethora of sometimes confusing and frequently contradictory estimates of the response of company financed R&D to changes in the level and nature of public R&D expenditure, but the necessary theoretical framework within which the empirical results can be interpreted is seldom provided. A major cause of inconsistencies' in the empirical literature is the failure to recognize key differences among the various policy experiments' being considered depending upon the economy in which they are embedded, and the type of public sector R&D spending that is contemplated. Using a simple, stylized structural model, we identify the main channels of impact of public R&D. We thus can characterize the various effects, distinguishing between short-run and long-run impacts that would show up in simple regression analyses of nominal public and private R&D expenditure variables. Within the context of our simple model it is possible to offer interpretations that shed light on recent cross-section and panel data findings at both high (i.e. national) and low (specific technology area) levels of aggregation.
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R&D; public goods; crowding out; spillovers; supply of scientists and engineers; Business; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Technology and Innovation;
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- David, Paul A. & Hall, Bronwyn H., 2000. "Heart of darkness: modeling public-private funding interactions inside the R&D black box," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(9), pages 1165-1183, December.
- Paul A. David and Bronwyn H. Hall., 2000. "Heart of Darkness: Modeling Public-Private Funding Interactions Inside the R&D Black Box," Economics Working Papers E00-275, University of California at Berkeley.
- Paul A. David & Bronwyn H. Hall, 2001. "Heart of Darkness: Modeling Public-Private Funding Interactions Inside the R&D Black Box," Public Economics 0012001, EconWPA.
- Paul A. David & Bronwyn H. Hall, 2000. "Heart of Darkness: Modeling Public-Private Funding Interactions Inside the R&D Black Box," NBER Working Papers 7538, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
- H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods
- O31 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
- O38 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
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