On the Global Supply of Basic Research

48 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2015

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Hans Gersbach

ETH Zurich - CER-ETH -Center of Economic Reseaarch; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Maik T. Schneider

University of Bath

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Date Written: January 2015

Abstract

In a two-country Schumpeterian growth model, we study the incentives for basic research investments by governments in a globalized world. We find that a country's basic research investments increase with the country's level of human capital and decline with its own market size. This may explain that some smaller countries invest a lot in basic research. Compared with the optimal investments achievable when countries coordinate their basic research policies, a single country may over-invest in basic research. However, the total amount of decentralized basic research investments is always below the socially optimal investment level, which justifies policy coordination in this area.

Keywords: basic research, coordination of governments, economic growth, public goods

JEL Classification: O31, O38

Suggested Citation

Gersbach, Hans and Schneider, Maik T., On the Global Supply of Basic Research (January 2015). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP10357. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2554431

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Maik T. Schneider

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