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Public Support to Business R&D and the Economic Crisis: Spanish Evidence

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  • Ascensión Barajas

    () (Unit of Impact Assessment, CDTI, Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial. Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

  • Elena Huergo

    () ( GRIPICO (Group for Research in Productivity, Innovation and Competition). Department of Economic Analysis, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.)

  • Lourdes Moreno Martín

    () ( GRIPICO (Group for Research in Productivity, Innovation and Competition). Department of Economic Analysis, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.)

Abstract

The objective of the present study is to compare the effect of public support of business R&D on technological inputs and outputs before and during the recent economic crisis. To do so, we use information provided by the Centre for the Development for Industrial Technology (CDTI), which is the main public agency in Spain that grants financial aid of its own to companies for the execution of R&D projects. Specifically, we consider firms supported through CDTI programmes for periods the 2002-2005 and 2010-2012. Impact assessment is conducted using "matching" techniques. Our preliminary results suggest that, during the crisis, public support continued to have positive effects on the resources devoted to R&D activities, and also increased the technological outputs obtained from these resources.

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  • Ascensión Barajas & Elena Huergo & Lourdes Moreno Martín, 2017. "Public Support to Business R&D and the Economic Crisis: Spanish Evidence," Documentos de trabajo de la Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales 17-03, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucm:doctra:17-03
    Note: This research has been partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (project ECO2014-52051-R) and by the Autonomous Region of Madrid through project S2015HUM-3417 (INNCOMCON-CM), co-funded by the European Social Fund (European Union).
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    Keywords

    Impact assessment; Economic crisis; Public aid; Business R&D.;
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    JEL classification:

    • H81 - Public Economics - - Miscellaneous Issues - - - Governmental Loans; Loan Guarantees; Credits; Grants; Bailouts
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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