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Public Support for Innovation, Intangible Investment and Productivity Growth in the UK Market Sector

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  • Haskel, Jonathan

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    (Imperial College London)

  • Wallis, Gavin

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    (University College London)

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Pressure on public finances has increased scrutiny of public support for innovation. We examine two particular issues. First, there have been many recent calls for the (relatively new) UK R&D subsidy to be extended to other “research” activities, such as software. Second, argument still rages about the efficacy of direct public spending on R&D via spending on academic research councils, universities, and government undertaken work on civil and military R&D. To evaluate these questions we use data on market sector productivity, R&D and non-R&D intangible assets, and public sector R&D spending. We look for evidence of market sector spillovers from intangible investment and from public R&D. We find (a) no evidence of spillover effects from intangible investment at the market sector level, including from R&D, (b) strong evidence of market sector spillovers from public R&D spend on research councils, and (c) no evidence of market sector spillovers from public spending on civil or defence R&D. Our findings tentatively suggest that for maximum market sector productivity impact government innovation policy should focus on direct spending on research councils.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 4772.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2010
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters, online first
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