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Measuring the impact of US research consortia

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  • Masao Nakamura

    (Faculty of Commerce, Institute of Asian Research and Faculty of Applied Science, University of British Columbia, 2053 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6 T 1Z2)

  • Mariko Sakakibara

    (Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA)

  • Lee Branstetter

    (Columbia Business School and NBER, New York, NY, USA)

Abstract

This paper empirically evaluates the impact of the US Advanced Technology Program-sponsored consortia on the ex-post research productivity of participating firms. We find that there is a positive association between the intensity of participation in research consortia and the overall research productivity of participants. We also find a positive impact of consortia on the research productivity of participants in the technological areas targeted by the consortia. This positive impact is higher when the average technological proximity of participants is high. There is evidence that large, R&D intensive firms tend to benefit more from participation in consortia. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Masao Nakamura & Mariko Sakakibara & Lee Branstetter, 2003. "Measuring the impact of US research consortia," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 24(2-3), pages 51-69.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:24:y:2003:i:2-3:p:51-69
    DOI: 10.1002/mde.1077
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    1. Busom, Isabel & Fernández-Ribas, Andrea, 2008. "The impact of firm participation in R&D programmes on R&D partnerships," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(2), pages 240-257, March.
    2. Okamuro, Hiroyuki, 2007. "Determinants of successful R&D cooperation in Japanese small businesses: The impact of organizational and contractual characteristics," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(10), pages 1529-1544, December.
    3. Annalisa Caloffi & Marco Mariani & Fabrizia Mealli, 2013. "What kinds of R&D consortia enhance SMEs productivity? Evidence from a small-business innovation policy," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0172, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".

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