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Public R&D support in Italy. Evidence from a new firm-level patent data set

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  • Aiello, Francesco
  • Albanese, Giuseppe
  • Piselli, Paolo

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This paper evaluates the impact of R&D public support on the innovation activities of a sample of Italian SMEs. Unlike most of the literature, the analysis focuses more deeply on the innovation output than on the innovation input. The innovation output is measured through patent data. By using a new data set obtained by combining information from EPO records and the Capitalia data set on Italian corporations, we find that publicly supported firms have similar patenting activity to other R&D performers, regardless of the type of policy tool used to foster innovation. However, as far as patenting is concerned, supported SMEs face higher R&D spending than others.

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  • Aiello, Francesco & Albanese, Giuseppe & Piselli, Paolo, 2017. "Public R&D support in Italy. Evidence from a new firm-level patent data set," MPRA Paper 77955, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Ziesemer, Thomas, 2019. "The effects of R&D subsidies and publicly performed R&D on business R&D: A survey," MERIT Working Papers 2019-036, United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT).

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    Keywords

    Patents; R&D policy support; SMEs;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • L1 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
    • O31 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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