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Impact Evaluation of a Research Policy Instrument: Analytical Model, Carrying out Process, Heterogeneity of the Effects


  • Potì Bianca
  • Cerulli Giovanni


The paper explores the impact of public R&D policy towards industrial R&D on technological input and output at firm level, exploiting the results of a three years national strategic research project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Research. Since benefits from public R&D subsidies and private R&D investments are generally heterogeneous and have a "skewed" distribution across firms, the authors underline the necessity of taking into account the specific design and institutional characteristics of the incentive instruments and the need of using as causal measure the entire distribution of the treatment effect.

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  • Potì Bianca & Cerulli Giovanni, 2010. "Impact Evaluation of a Research Policy Instrument: Analytical Model, Carrying out Process, Heterogeneity of the Effects," L'industria, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 2, pages 307-334.
  • Handle: RePEc:mul:j0hje1:doi:10.1430/32496:y:2010:i:2:p:307-334

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    Cited by:

    1. Matteo Bugamelli & Luigi Cannari & Francesca Lotti & Silvia Magri, 2012. "The innovation gap of Italy�s production system: roots and possible solutions," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 121, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
    2. Roberto Gabriele & Anna Giunta, 2012. "R&D Incentives: The Effectiveness Of A Place-Based Policy," Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' 0169, Department of Economics - University Roma Tre.


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