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Impact of Swiss technology policy on firm innovation performance: an evaluation based on a matching approach


  • Spyros Arvanitis
  • Laurent Donzé
  • Nora Sydow


This paper investigates the impact of the promotional activities of the Swiss Commission of Technology and Innovation (CTI) on the innovation performance of the supported firms based on a matched-pairs analysis of 199 firms supported by the CTI in the period 2000–2002. CTI's promotional activities significantly improved the innovation performance of the firms that they supported with respect to six different measures of innovation performance. This could be shown by four different matching methods. A further finding was that the magnitude of the impact correlated positively with the relative size of the financial support, as measured by the quotient of the volume of financial support to the volume of a supported firm's own research and development expenditures. Copyright , Beech Tree Publishing.

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  • Spyros Arvanitis & Laurent Donzé & Nora Sydow, 2010. "Impact of Swiss technology policy on firm innovation performance: an evaluation based on a matching approach," Science and Public Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 37(1), pages 63-78, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:scippl:v:37:y:2010:i:1:p:63-78

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    1. Beck, Mathias & Junge, Martin & Kaiser, Ulrich, 2017. "Public Funding and Corporate Innovation," IZA Discussion Papers 11196, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    7. Spyros Arvanitis, 2013. "Micro-econometric approaches to the evaluation of technology-oriented public programmes: a non-technical review of the state of the art," Chapters, in: Albert N. Link & Nicholas S. Vonortas (ed.), Handbook on the Theory and Practice of Program Evaluation, chapter 3, pages 56-88, Edward Elgar Publishing.

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