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R&D Spillovers and the Case for Industrial Policy in an Open Economy


  • Leahy, Dermot
  • Neary, J Peter


In this paper, the authors consider the case for subsidies toward firms which generate R&D spillovers in open economies. They show that, in the presence of strategic behavior by firms, many expected results are overturned. Local R&D spillovers to other domestic firms may justify an R&D tax rather than a subsidy; R&D cooperation by local firms overinternalizes the externality and also justifies an R&D tax; and international spillovers that benefit foreign firms may justify a subsidy, even though the government cares only about the profits of home firms. Copyright 1999 by Royal Economic Society.

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  • Leahy, Dermot & Neary, J Peter, 1999. "R&D Spillovers and the Case for Industrial Policy in an Open Economy," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 51(1), pages 40-59, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:51:y:1999:i:1:p:40-59

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    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • L13 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Oligopoly and Other Imperfect Markets


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