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The effects of cooperative R and D subsidies and subsidized cooperation on employment growth

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  • Tom Broekel

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    (Institute of Economic and Cultural Geography, Leibniz University of Hanover)

  • Antje Schimke

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    (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT))

  • Thomas Brenner

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    (Department of Geography, Philipps University Marburg)

Abstract

The paper investigates the contribution of cooperative and non-cooperative R and D subsidies to firm growth. Of particular interest is hereby firms’ embeddedness into subsidized cooperation networks. For the empirical analysis we utilize an unbalanced panel of 2.199 German manufacturing firms covering the time period from 1999 to 2009. A dynamic panel estimation technique is employed to control for growth autocorrelation as well as endogeneity. Our findings show that non-cooperative R and D subsidies have a stimulating impact on large firms’ employment growth. In contrast being engaged in many subsidized cooperation is related to significant growth-reducing effects. In the case of large firms, exceptions are subsidized cooperation with geographically distant firms, which can positively influence employment growth. For small firms, rather interactions with research organizations are found to facilitate their development.

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Paper provided by Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography in its series Working Papers on Innovation and Space with number 2011-04.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2011
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Keywords: R and D subsidies; cooperation network; firm growth; serial correlation;

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