(International) R&D Collaboration and SMEs: The Effectiveness of Targeted Public R&D Support Schemes

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Hanna Hottenrott

Technische Universität München (TUM)

Cindy Lopes-Bento

K.U.Leuven; ZEW

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Date Written: 2012


This study analyses the effectiveness of targeted public support for R&D investment. In particular, we test whether the specific policy design aiming at incentivizing (international) collaboration and R&D in small and medium sized firms achieves the desired objectives on input as well as output additionality. Our results show that the targeted R&D subsidies accelerate R&D spending in the private sector, and especially so in the targeted groups. Further, we differentiate between privately financed R&D and subsidy-induced R&D investment to evaluate their respective effects on innovation performance. The results confirm that the induced R&D is productive as it translates into marketable product innovations. While both types of R&D investments trigger significant output effects, we find that the effect of subsidy-induced R&D investment is higher for firms that collaborate internationally as well as for SMEs.

Keywords: Innovation Policy, Subsidies, R&D, SMEs, International Collaboration, Treatment Effects, Innovation Performance

JEL Classification: C14, C30, H23, O31, O38

Suggested Citation

Hottenrott, Hanna and Lopes-Bento, Cindy, (International) R&D Collaboration and SMEs: The Effectiveness of Targeted Public R&D Support Schemes (2012). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 12-086. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2198914 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2198914

Hanna Hottenrott

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Cindy Lopes-Bento (Contact Author)

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