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Accelerating Innovation: National R&D Subsidies versus Foreign R&D Tax Credits


  • Felipa de Mello-Sampayo

    (ISCTE - Department of Economics and UNIDE-ERC)

  • Sofia de Sousa-Vale

    () (ISCTE - Department of Economics and UNIDE-ERC)

  • Francisco Camões

    (ISCTE - Department of Economics and UNIDE-ERC)


This paper examines and compares the impact on growth of government’s funding national R&D or providing a tax rate reduction for foreign investment in R&D. In an innovationbased model we show the relation between the costs of these two policies. One meaningful policy implication of our results is that, to accelerate innovation, governments should adopt a tax rate deduction for foreign R&D, rather than subsidizing national R&D, because the former is more economical and effective than the latter.

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  • Felipa de Mello-Sampayo & Sofia de Sousa-Vale & Francisco Camões, 2007. "Accelerating Innovation: National R&D Subsidies versus Foreign R&D Tax Credits," Working Papers Series 1 ercwp0108, ISCTE-IUL, Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL).
  • Handle: RePEc:isc:iscwp1:ercwp0108

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    1. Felipa de Mello-Sampayo & Sofia de Sousa-Vale & Francisco Camões & Orlando Gomes, 2012. "Protectionism under R&D policy: innovation rate and welfare," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 39(1), pages 106-124, January.

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    Endogenous Growth; Foreign Direct Investment; Taxes;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation
    • O40 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General


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