Do R&D Programs of Different Government Levels Overlap in the European Union?

Proceedings of the Atlanta Conference on Science and Technology Policy, 2008.

5 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2013

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Isabel Busom

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Andrea Fernández Ribas

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Date Written: November 30, 2007

Abstract

Multiple levels of government currently design and implement research and innovation programs both in the US and in Europe. Empirical analysis of interdependencies among programs has not been fully explored, however. Our contribution is a first step in understanding potential complementarities across R&D programs. Using a sample of Spanish manufacturing firms, we study the determinants of firms’ participation in national and in European level research programs and test for differences across programs. Our results suggest that firms’ participation in European and national R&D programs is largely driven by different factors. We interpret these results as suggesting that, ex-post, there is no significant overlap of R&D policies between these two government levels, as intended ex-ante by policymakers in fulfillment of the principle of subsidiarity.

Suggested Citation

Busom, Isabel and Fernández Ribas, Andrea, Do R&D Programs of Different Government Levels Overlap in the European Union? (November 30, 2007). Proceedings of the Atlanta Conference on Science and Technology Policy, 2008. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2330267

Isabel Busom (Contact Author)

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona ( email )

Departament d'Economia Aplicada
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Andrea Fernández Ribas

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona ( email )

Departamento de Economía Aplicada
Bellaterra, Barcelona 08193
Spain
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