The Long-Run Effects of R&D Place-Based Policies: Evidence from Russian Science Cities

58 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2018

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Helena Schweiger

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - Office of the Chief Economist

Alexander Stepanov

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Paolo Zacchia

IMT Lucca School of Advanced Studies

Date Written: june 28, 2018

Abstract

During the technological and military competition of the Cold War, the Soviet government created “science cities” – urban centres that hosted a high concentration of research and development facilities. But what has been the long-term effect of these cities? This paper finds that in today’s Russia, science cities still – among other things – host a more educated population, are more economically developed and employ a larger number of workers in R&D and ICT than other localities that were comparable to science cities at the time of their inception. We also evaluate whether the effects of science cities spill over onto other firms located nearby, and to what economic and geographical extent.

Keywords: Place-based policy, R&D, science cities.

JEL Classification: O30, R11, N94.

Suggested Citation

Schweiger, Helena and Stepanov, Alexander and Zacchia, Paolo, The Long-Run Effects of R&D Place-Based Policies: Evidence from Russian Science Cities (june 28, 2018). EBRD Working Paper No. 216, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3227009 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3227009

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Alexander Stepanov

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) ( email )

One Exchange Square
London, EC2A 2EH
United Kingdom

Paolo Zacchia

IMT Lucca School of Advanced Studies ( email )

Lucca
Italy

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