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The Impact and Organization of Publicly-Funded Research and development in the European Community

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  • Maryann P. Feldman
  • Frank R. Lichtenberg

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This paper examines R&D activities in the European Community using several Community R&D Information Service (CORDIS) databases. We find that a country's private companies tend to be specialized in the same scientific fields as its universities and public organizations. In addition, we construct indicators of the degree of R&D tacitness and find that greater expected ability to communicate research outcomes encourages less centralized R&D programs. Programs that yield tangible results are less geographically and administratively centralized. The more that research leads to codifiable knowledge, the less centralized R&D activity needs to be.

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  • Maryann P. Feldman & Frank R. Lichtenberg, 1998. "The Impact and Organization of Publicly-Funded Research and development in the European Community," Annals of Economics and Statistics, GENES, issue 49-50, pages 199-222.
  • Handle: RePEc:adr:anecst:y:1998:i:49-50:p:199-222
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    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • L52 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Industrial Policy; Sectoral Planning Methods

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