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The impact of R&D subsidy on innovation: a study of New Zealand firms

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  • Adam Jaffe

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    (Motu Economic and Public Policy Research)

  • Trinh Le

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    (Motu Economic and Public Policy Research)

This paper examines the impact of government assistance through R&D grants on innovation output for firms in New Zealand. Using a large database that links administrative and tax data with survey data, we are able to control for large number of firm characteristics and thus minimise selection bias. We find that receipt of an R&D grant significantly increases the probability that a firm in the manufacturing and service sectors applies for a patent during 2005–2009, but no positive impact is found on the probability of applying for a trademark. Using only firms that participated in the Business Operation Survey, we find that receiving a grant almost doubles the probability that a firm introduces new goods and services to the world while its effects on process innovation and any product innovation are relatively much weaker. Moreover, there is little evidence that grant receipt has differential effects between small to medium (

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: May 2015
Handle: RePEc:mtu:wpaper:15_08
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