Evaluation of the Norwegian R&D tax credit scheme
AbstractWe find that the Norwegian R&D tax credit scheme introduced in 2002 mainly works as intended. The scheme is cost-effective and it is used by a large number of firms. It stimulates these firms to invest more in R&D, and, in particular, the effect is positive for small firms with little R&D experience. The returns on the R&D investments supported by the scheme are positive and generally not different from the returns to other R&D investments. We have found examples of what can be interpreted as tax motivated adjustments to the scheme, but to some extent this must be accepted as a cost to subsidy and support schemes intended for use by a large number of economic agents. This is particularly so when attempts are made to keep administrative expenditures and control routines at a low level.
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Date of creation: Dec 2010
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R&D tax credit; R&D subsidies; Innovation policy; Norway;
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- H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
- O38 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
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- NEP-ALL-2010-12-11 (All new papers)
- NEP-EUR-2010-12-11 (Microeconomic European Issues)
- NEP-INO-2010-12-11 (Innovation)
- NEP-SBM-2010-12-11 (Small Business Management)
- NEP-TID-2010-12-11 (Technology & Industrial Dynamics)
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- Klette, Tor Jakob & Møen, Jarle, 2011. "R&D investment responses to R&D subsidies: A theoretical analysis and a microeconometric study," Discussion Papers 2011/15, Department of Business and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics.
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