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The Link Between R&D Subsidies, R&D Spending and Technological Performance

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  • Czarnitzki, Dirk
  • Hussinger, Katrin

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This paper analyzes the effects of public R&D funding on R&D expenditure and patenting behavior of German firms. The main focus is the direct impact of subsidies on R&D and the indirect effect on innovation output measured by patent applications. We distinguish the productivity of purely privately financed R&D and additional R&D induced by public incentive schemes. For this, a treatment effects analysis is conducted in a first step. The results are implemented into the estimation of a patent production function. It turns out that both purely privately financed R&D and publicly induced R&D show a positive productivity. --

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 04-56.

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Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:zbw:zewdip:2194

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Keywords: R&D; Subsidies; Patents; Treatment Effects;

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