Radical or Incremental: Where Does R&D Policy Hit?

39 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2014

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Mathias Beck

ETH Zurich

Cindy Lopes Bento

KU Leuven - Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy, and Innovation

Andrea Schenker-Wicki

University of Basel

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Date Written: September 2014

Abstract

This study investigates the efficacy of public R&D support. Compared to most existing studies, we do not stop at substitution effects or general innovation outcome measures, but we are interested in knowing where the policy effect is highest: on innovation close to the market (i.e. incremental innovation) or on innovation that is still far from the market and hence more risky and radical. Using firm level data from the period 1999 to 2011, we find that the policy hits where the market failure is highest, that is, for radical innovation. Taking into account that the Swiss funding agency encourages collaboration, we find no evidence that the impact of the policy is positively effected by various R&D collaboration patterns.

Keywords: R&D subsidies; collaborative innovation; diversity; innovation performance; radical innovation; incremental innovation; policy evaluation; treatment effects

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

Suggested Citation

Beck, Mathias and Lopes Bento, Cindy and Schenker-Wicki, Andrea, Radical or Incremental: Where Does R&D Policy Hit? (September 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2507850 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2507850

Mathias Beck (Contact Author)

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Cindy Lopes Bento

KU Leuven - Department of Managerial Economics, Strategy, and Innovation ( email )

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Leuven, 3000
Belgium

Andrea Schenker-Wicki

University of Basel ( email )

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Basel, CH-4003
Switzerland

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