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Tax incentives for R&D and firm dynamics (in Finnish with English abstract and summary)


  • Määttänen, Niku
  • Maliranta, Mika


We compare different tax incentive schemes for private R&D investments using a numerical model of R&D-investments and firm dynamics. We find that tax incentives that are based on the incremental annual spending increase firms' R&D spending much more than tax incentives that are based on the level of R&D spending. However, incremental incentives also distort the allocation of R&D personnel across different firms much more than level-based tax incentives. This effect tends to lower aggregate output. We also find that whether the tax benefits are targeted to only profit-making firms, which pay corporate income tax, or given to all firms, does not make a big difference in terms of aggregate R&D spending or aggregate output.

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  • Määttänen, Niku & Maliranta, Mika, 2007. "Tax incentives for R&D and firm dynamics (in Finnish with English abstract and summary)," Discussion Papers 1065, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
  • Handle: RePEc:rif:dpaper:1065

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    research and development; tax incentives; firm dynamics;

    JEL classification:

    • H25 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Business Taxes and Subsidies
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms

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