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Do Canadian Firms Respond to Fiscal Incentives To Research and Development?

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  • Dagenais, M.
  • Mohnen, P.
  • Therrien, P.

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This study examines the effectiveness of R&D tax incentives using an unbalanced panel of 434 Canadian firms. Not all firms in the sample are R&D performers. A B-index summarizing the various tax incentives for R&D is constructed for each firm, taking into account individual ceilings in the use of relevant tax incentives. A generalized Tobit model with fixed effects is estimated. A one percent increase in the federal tax credit of R&D yields an average of $0.98 additional R&D expenditure per dollar of tax revenues foregone.

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  • Dagenais, M. & Mohnen, P. & Therrien, P., 1997. "Do Canadian Firms Respond to Fiscal Incentives To Research and Development?," G.R.E.Q.A.M. 97b05, Universite Aix-Marseille III.
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    Keywords

    TAX INCENTIVES ; RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ; CANADA;

    JEL classification:

    • H32 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Firm
    • 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

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