Do incentives to industrial R&D enhance research productivity and firm growth? Evidence from the Italian case
by Monica Merito, Silvia Giannangeli, Andrea Bonaccorsi
International Journal of Technology Management (IJTM), Vol. 49, No. 1/2/3, 2010

Abstract: This paper aims at contributing to the empirical literature about the impact of R&D subsidies on firm performance by providing recent micro-evidence from Italy. We evaluate grant effects on the innovation and market results of firms selected for funding in the short and medium run using a counterfactual approach. Results show that the innovative performance improves only temporarily and no significant differences between grant recipients and non-recipients emerge as far as labour productivity and sales growth are concerned. Rather, a growth in qualified employment is observed among SMEs.

Online publication date: Sat, 06-Apr-2013

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