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Is Private R&D Spending Sensitive to Its Price? Empirical Evidence on Panel Data for Italy

  • Maria Laura Parisi

    ()

    (Boston College
    Padova University)

  • Alessandro Sembenelli

    ()

    (Torino University
    CERIS/CNR)

In this paper empirical evidence is presented on the elasticity of private R&D spending on its price. A censored panel-data regression model with random effects is applied to a balanced panel of 726 Italian firms over the 1992-97 period. Implied estimates point out that Italian firms' response to policy measures (including tax credits), aimed at reducing the user cost of R&D capital, is likely to be substantial (1.50-1.77). Furthermore, we also find that the elasticity of R&D spending is higher in recession (2.01) than in expansion (0.87).

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 493.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 15 Feb 2001
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Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:493
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