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Is Private R & D Spending Sensitive to Its Price? Empirical Evidence on Panel Data for Italy

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  • Maria Parisi
  • Alessandro Sembenelli

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In this paper empirical evidence is presented on the elasticity of private R&D spending on its price. A censored panel-data regression model with random effects is applied to a balanced panel of 726 Italian firms over the 1992-97 period. Implied estimates point out that Italian firms' response to policy measures (including tax credits), aimed at reducing the user cost of R&D capital, is likely to be substantial (1.50-1.77). Furthermore, we also find that the elasticity of R&D spending is higher in recession (2.01) than in expansion (0.87).
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  • Maria Parisi & Alessandro Sembenelli, 2003. "Is Private R & D Spending Sensitive to Its Price? Empirical Evidence on Panel Data for Italy," Empirica, Springer;Austrian Institute for Economic Research;Austrian Economic Association, vol. 30(4), pages 357-377, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:empiri:v:30:y:2003:i:4:p:357-377
    DOI: 10.1023/B:EMPI.0000005241.35057.4b
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