Can Grants to Consortia Spur Innovation and Science-Industry Collaboration?: Regression-Discontinuity Evidence from Poland

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Miriam Bruhn

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

David J. McKenzie

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: January 9, 2017

Abstract

This paper uses a regression discontinuity design to study the effect of Poland's In-Tech program on innovation activities. The analysis focuses on a component of the program that provides grants to projects that are carried out by consortia of firms and research entities. Data from a 2016 follow-up survey of applicants to the 2012 and 2013 calls for proposals show that In-Tech largely funds projects that would not otherwise get funded by other agencies or by the consortia themselves, increasing the probability of a project being completed by almost 60 percentage points. The results also show that the program leads to more science-industry collaboration, and increases the probability of applying for a patent related to the proposed project, as well as the probability of publishing a research paper related to the project. The analysis also finds early effects on commercialization of products related to the proposed project, although these products currently still make up a small share of firm's sales.

Keywords: Marketing, Private Sector Economics, Private Sector Development Law

Suggested Citation

Bruhn, Miriam and McKenzie, David John, Can Grants to Consortia Spur Innovation and Science-Industry Collaboration?: Regression-Discontinuity Evidence from Poland (January 9, 2017). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7934, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2896510

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