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The impact of funding on research collaboration: Evidence from a developing country

  • Ubfal, Diego
  • Maffioli, Alessandro

In this paper we evaluate the impact of research grants on the amount of collaboration among scientific researchers in Argentina. We find a positive and significant impact of funding on collaboration which is measured in terms of the number of co-authors for publications in peer-reviewed journals. Our identification strategy is based on comparing collaboration indicators for researchers with financially supported projects with those of a control group of researchers who submitted projects that were accepted in terms of quality, but not supported because of shortage of funds. We obtain consistent results by using different non-experimental techniques including difference-in-differences models combined with propensity score matching algorithms.

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Volume (Year): 40 (2011)
Issue (Month): 9 ()
Pages: 1269-1279

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