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Back to Basics: Basic Research Spillovers, Innovation Policy and Growth

  • Ufuk Akcigit

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and NBER)

  • Douglas Hanley

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Nicolas Serrano-Velarde

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    (Bocconi University and IGIER)

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    This paper introduces a model of endogenous growth through basic and applied research. Basic research differs from applied research in the nature and the magnitude of the generated spillovers. We propose a novel way of empirically identifying these spillovers and embed them in a general equilibrium framework with private firms and a public research sector. After characterizing the equilibrium, we estimate our model using micro-level data on research expenditures by French firms. Our key finding is that standard R&D policies can accentuate the dynamic misallocation in the economy. We also find a strong complementarity between the property rights of basic research and the optimal funding of public research.

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    Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 13-051.

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    Length: 57 pages
    Date of creation: 18 Sep 2013
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