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Are the subsidies to private capital useful? A Multiple Regression Discontinuity Design Approach

  • Augusto Cerqua
  • Guido Pellegrini

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    (Sapienza University of Rome.)

There is still little consensus on the effectiveness of business support policies. The empirical evaluation is complicated by the difficulty in achieving reliable identification. We analyse the impact of Law 488/92, the main Italian regional policy. We propose a new approach, named multiple regression discontinuity design that exploits the sharp discontinuities in the L488 rankings and extends the RDD approach to a context where the treatment is assigned by multiple rankings with different cut-off points. We find that the impact of L488 on investment and production of the financed firms is positive and statistically significant.

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Paper provided by Doctoral School of Economics, Sapienza University of Rome in its series Working Papers with number 12.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 2011
Date of revision: 2011
Handle: RePEc:dsc:wpaper:12
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  1. Todd M. Gabe & David S. Kraybill, 2002. "The Effect of State Economic Development Incentives on Employment Growth of Establishments," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(4), pages 703-730.
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