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Bridging Canadian Technology SMEs Over the Valley of Death

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  • Jorge Niosi

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This comment analyses the Panel report and finds that its main diagnosis is correct: Canada's BERD is low. The Panel report is fairly silent about the necessary improvements to Canada's innovation system. This comment suggests that while Canada's tax credit for R&D and Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) are useful programs, they need to be complemented by other direct incentives that may help small technology firms to cross the "valley of death", complete proof of concept and become eligible to venture capital. The US Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, imitated by Japan, is the best model for such an incentive and Canada should consider its adoption.

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  • Jorge Niosi, 2009. "Bridging Canadian Technology SMEs Over the Valley of Death," International Productivity Monitor, Centre for the Study of Living Standards, vol. 18, pages 80-84, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:sls:ipmsls:v:18:y:2009:6
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    1. Niosi, Jorge, 2003. "Alliances are not enough explaining rapid growth in biotechnology firms," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 32(5), pages 737-750, May.
    2. Niosi, Jorge, 2002. "National systems of innovations are "x-efficient" (and x-effective): Why some are slow learners," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 291-302, February.
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    Keywords

    Review; innovation; productivity; Industrial Research Assistance Program; Small Business Innovation Research program; public policy;

    JEL classification:

    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
    • O51 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - U.S.; Canada

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