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Behavior And Productivity Implications Of Institutional And Project Funding Of Research

  • Bredahl, Maury E.
  • Bryant, W. Keith
  • Ruttan, Vernon W.

A behavioral model of a research scientist is utilized to develop the characteristics of the demand for institutional (lR) and project research (PR) funds. The demand analysis implies a trade-off between the allocative and productive efficiency of IR funding and the research output mix of PR funding. The model is used to evaluate the formula and competitive grant funding of U.S. agricultural research. We conclude that national research policy should be cast in terms of the relative mix of the two systems of support, not in the absolute merits of either system.

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Paper provided by University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics in its series Staff Papers with number 14058.

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Date of creation: 1979
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Handle: RePEc:ags:umaesp:14058
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  1. Guttman, Joel M, 1978. "Interest Groups and the Demand for Agricultural Research," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 86(3), pages 467-84, June.
  2. Niskanen, William A, 1975. "Bureaucrats and Politicians," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 18(3), pages 617-43, December.
  3. Becker, William E, Jr, 1979. "Professorial Behavior Given a Stochastic Reward Structure," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 69(5), pages 1010-17, December.
  4. Earl O. Heady, 1961. "Public Purpose in Agricultural Research and Education," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 43(3), pages 566-581.
  5. Ruttan, Vernon W., 1978. "Bureaucratic Productivity: The Case Of Agricultural Research," Staff Papers 13911, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
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