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Government Support of Commercial R&D: Lessons from the Israeli Experience

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  • Trajtenberg, M.

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Israel constitutes an interesting laboratory case of government intervention in the realm of R&D policy. The recognized scientific and technological prowess of the country was leveraged by extensive government support to commercial R&D projects. The Israeli High Tech sector has grown remarkably fast since the mid-1980s, and it is quite likely that indeed government policies significantly contributed to its success. In this paper we review in detail these policies, as well as the challenges that confront them: The design of alternative allocation schemes for R&D grants in view of a rigid budget constraint; possible ways of departing from neutrality, the conditionality of production in Israel; the difficulties in setting a policy target for R&D spending, etc.

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Paper provided by Tel Aviv in its series Papers with number 2001-8.

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Length: 53 pages
Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:fth:teavfo:2001-8

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Keywords: RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ; INNOVATIONS ; TECHNOLOGY;

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  1. Desmet, Klaus & Kujal, Praveen & Lobo, Felix, 2004. "Implementing R&D policies: an analysis of Spain's pharmaceutical research program," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(10), pages 1493-1507, December.
  2. Giebe, Thomas & Grebe, Tim & Wolfstetter, Elmar G., 2005. "How to Allocate R&D (and Other) Subsidies: An Experimentally Tested Policy Recommendation," Discussion Paper Series of SFB/TR 15 Governance and the Efficiency of Economic Systems 108, Free University of Berlin, Humboldt University of Berlin, University of Bonn, University of Mannheim, University of Munich.
  3. Braunerhjelm, Pontus & Thulin, Per, 2006. "Can Countries Create Comparative Advantages? R&D-expenditures, high-tech exports and country size in 19 OECD-countries, 1981-1999," Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation 61, Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies.
  4. Stoneman, Paul & Canepa, Alessandra & Kaivanto, Kim, 2003. "The Public Provision of Sales Contingent Contracts as a Policy Response to Financial Constraints to Innovation in European SMEs," EIFC - Technology and Finance Working Papers 38, United Nations University, Institute for New Technologies.
  5. Amir Shoham & Gil Avnimelech, 2012. "The development of the successful high tech sector in Israel, 1969-2009," World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 8(1), pages 53-69.
  6. Manuel Trajtenberg, 2005. "Innovation Policy for Development: an Overview," IDB Publications 46598, Inter-American Development Bank.

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