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Countries’ attractiveness: An analysis of EU firms’ decisions to (de)localize R&D activities

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  • Michele Cincera
  • Anabela Marques Santos

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The aim of the paper is to explore which factors explain the reasons for firms’ decisions to delocalize their R&D activities outside or within the EU. Special attention is given to the influence of public policies to support R&D on the decisions to (de)localize R&D activities. The main source of information is “The EU survey on R&D Investment Business Trends” for the years 2007-2013. The methodology is based on a descriptive analysis of these surveys, on benchmarking with other economic studies in the field and a SWOT analysis of R&D activity location in the EU. The analysis reveals that the quality of R&D personnel and access to network knowledge (with firms, universities and public organizations) are the most important factors for locating R&D activities in a given region or country. Public support for R&D appears to be relegated to a secondary position in the decision to locate R&D activities.

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  • Michele Cincera & Anabela Marques Santos, 2017. "Countries’ attractiveness: An analysis of EU firms’ decisions to (de)localize R&D activities," iCite Working Papers 2017-026, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Handle: RePEc:ict:wpaper:2013/266751
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    R&D localization; public support; Europe;
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