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Public support to private innovation in multi-level governance systems: An empirical investigation


  • Andrea Fernández-Ribas


This is an exploratory analysis of the distinct distributive nature of innovation programs by government levels. The research setting is a European region actively involved in regional, national, and supra-national (EU)-level programs. The results suggest that sub-national programs lead to changes in firms' attitudes towards product and process innovation. The impacts of national and supra-national programs are different: nationally supported firms are more likely to accelerate their path towards product (but not to process) innovations; supra-national supported businesses gain in greater sales due to incremental innovative products. From a policy perspective, the results suggest that lower levels of government could alleviate entry barriers into technological activities while upper-level programs improve the economic performance of pre-existing innovators. Copyright , Beech Tree Publishing.

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  • Andrea Fernández-Ribas, 2009. "Public support to private innovation in multi-level governance systems: An empirical investigation," Science and Public Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 36(6), pages 457-467, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:scippl:v:36:y:2009:i:6:p:457-467

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    1. OKAMURO, Hiroyuki & NISHIMURA, Junichi, 2018. "What Shapes Local Innovation Policies? Empirical Evidence from Japanese Cities," CCES Discussion Paper Series 68, Center for Research on Contemporary Economic Systems, Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University.

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