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Empirical Modeling of R&D Demand in a Dynamic Framework

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  • Mark J. Roberts
  • Van Anh Vuong

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Empirical analysis of firm-level investment in research and development (R&D) and its effect on innovation patterns and productivity has advanced as a result of innovation surveys in many countries. The weak link in the analysis of these surveys is the empirical model of firm R&D choice. In this paper we summarize how a dynamic, structural model of firm investment can be used to estimate firm demand for R&D with the data collected in innovation surveys. The estimates provide a natural measure of the expected benefit to the firm of investing in R&D. They also allow the researcher to simulate how the firm's R&D investment will respond to factors that shift cost or demand such as a policy change designed to subsidize R&D expenditures or provide financial support to firms with less favorable access to capital markets. Copyright 2013, Oxford University Press.

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  • Mark J. Roberts & Van Anh Vuong, 2013. "Empirical Modeling of R&D Demand in a Dynamic Framework," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 35(2), pages 185-205.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:apecpp:v:35:y:2013:i:2:p:185-205
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    1. Peters, Bettina & Roberts, Mark J. & Vuong, Van Anh & Fryges, Helmut, 2013. "Estimating dynamic R&D demand: An analysis of costs and long-run benefits," ZEW Discussion Papers 13-089, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    2. Peters, Bettina & Roberts, Mark J. & Vuong, Van Anh, 2015. "Dynamic R&D choice and the impact of the firm's financial strength," ZEW Discussion Papers 15-083, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
    3. Acosta, Manuel & Coronado, Daniel & Romero, Carlos, 2015. "Linking public support, R&D, innovation and productivity: New evidence from the Spanish food industry," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 57(C), pages 50-61.
    4. Isabel Busom & Beatriz Corchuelo & Ester Martínez-Ros, 2015. "Dynamics of firm participation in R&D tax credit and subsidy programs," Working Papers wpdea1503, Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona.

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