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Does venture capital really foster innovation?

Using panel data of 17 European Union countries, we find robust empirical support for a positive impact of venture capital on innovation. After controlling for the potential endogenous relationship between venture capital and innovation, the results indicate that venture capital fosters innovation but mainly on a later stage.

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Paper provided by NIPE - Universidade do Minho in its series NIPE Working Papers with number 03/2013.

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Date of creation: 2013
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