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Assessing the economic impact of public industrial policies: an empirical investigation on subsidies

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  • Roberto Gabriele
  • Marco Zamarian

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    (DISA, Faculty of Economics, Trento University)

  • Enrico Zaninotto

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    (DISA, Faculty of Economics, Trento University)

Abstract

Empirical literature findings do not provide a clear-cut interpretation of the effects of public aid on firms’ performances. We contribute to this literature analysing the effects of public regional subsidies on investment using a new dataset covering all the firms in the Italian province of Trento, along with a record of public aid granted in the last 15 years. We find permanent positive effects of aid on firms’ size, but no effect is found on factor substitution, nor on technical change. Moreover, subsidies do not improve either profitability or productivity. These results help better define the scope for local aid.

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Paper provided by Department of Computer and Management Sciences, University of Trento, Italy in its series ROCK Working Papers with number 039.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2006
Date of revision: 12 Jun 2008
Handle: RePEc:trt:rockwp:039

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Keywords: regional policy; public subsidies; propensity score matching;

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  1. Nestor Duch Brown & Daniel Montolio Estivill & Mauro Mediavilla, 2007. "Evaluating the Impact of Public Subsidies on a Firms Performance: a Quasi-experimental Approach," Working Papers in Economics 181, Universitat de Barcelona. Espai de Recerca en Economia.
  2. Berumen, Sergio A., 2012. "Evaluación del impacto de la política de incentivos sectoriales en el desarrollo de los municipios mineros de Castilla y León," Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Science, Universidad ESAN, vol. 17(33), pages 15-30.
  3. Jonathan Barr & Emma Clarence & Francesca Froy & Sergio Destefanis & Chris Warhurst, 2012. "Local Job Creation: How Employment and Training Agencies Can Help - The Labour Agency of the Autonomous Province of Trento, Italy," OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Working Papers 2012/17, OECD Publishing.

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