The Effect of Participation in Government Consortia on the R&D Productivity of Firms: A Case Study of Robot Technology in Japan

Institute of Economic Research Hitotsubashi University, Discussion paper series A No. 500, 2008

52 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2018

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Sebastien Lechevalier

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

Yukio Ikeda

Yokohama National University - International School of Social Sciences

Junichi Nishimura

Hitotsubashi University - Graduate School of Economics

Date Written: March 22, 2018

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of participation in government-sponsored R&D consortia on the R&D productivity of firms in the case of robot technology in Japan. We attempt to provide a new empirical analysis and discussions on the issue of government project evaluation by using indicators of the quality of patents, by investigating the impact of the evolution of government programs, and comparing government sponsored R&D consortia with collaborative R&D among firms. Using indicators of the quality of patents which enables us to provide an estimation of quality-adjusted research productivity, we find that participation in government programs has a positive impact on the research productivity of participating firms, but the impact of participation became much higher after the design of government programs in this field changed in the late 1990s. Also, we find that participation in government sponsored consortia has a greater impact on research productivity than participation in collaborative R&D among firms. This may support government involvement in R&D as a coordinator of R&D collaboration.

Suggested Citation

Lechevalier, Sebastien and Ikeda, Yukio and Nishimura, Junichi, The Effect of Participation in Government Consortia on the R&D Productivity of Firms: A Case Study of Robot Technology in Japan (March 22, 2018). Institute of Economic Research Hitotsubashi University, Discussion paper series A No. 500, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3146975 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3146975

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Yukio Ikeda

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Junichi Nishimura

Hitotsubashi University - Graduate School of Economics ( email )

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