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Incentivi alla ricerca e sviluppo in Italia: una indagine sugli effetti della Legge 46/82

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  • Elisa Barbieri

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    (Dipartimento di Economia Istituzioni e Territorio Università degli Studi di Ferrara)

  • Roberto Iorio

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    (Dipartimento di Sociologia e Scienza della Politica Università degli Studi di Salerno)

  • Giuseppe Lubrano Lavadera

    (Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Statistiche Università degli Studi di Salerno)

Abstract

The current economic crisis has put government intervention and policy evaluation at the centre of the debate on industrial development policy. Government efforts to stimulate a structural change of Italian industries are needed and in this context it becomes fundamental to engage in evaluation exercises in order to understand what policies are working. The paper offers an evaluation exercise on the major instruments used to promote R&D and innovation activities of Italian firms. We concentrate in particular on Law 46/82 and we look at the effects of the incentives it provides on firms expenditures on R&D and on new employment generation. We also consider the effects of such incentives when other similar laws are at work. Results suggest that a rethinking of the system of incentives might be needed to limit an inefficient overlapping of instruments.

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Paper provided by c.MET-05 - Centro interuniversitario di Economia Applicata alle Politiche per L'industria, lo Sviluppo locale e l'Internazionalizzazione in its series Working Papers with number 1003.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cme:wpaper:1003

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Keywords: Evaluation of industrial policies; R&D and innovation; R&D incentives;

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  1. Alberto Marzucchi, 2011. "Multi-level innovation policy in southern EU countries.An additionality evaluation of the Italian and Spanish public interventions," Openloc Working Papers 1110, Public policies and local development.

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