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Radical or incremental: Where does R&D policy hit?


Beck, Mathias; Lopes-Bento, Cindy; Schenker-Wicki, Andrea (2016). Radical or incremental: Where does R&D policy hit? Research Policy, 45(4):869-883.

Abstract

This study investigates the impact and effectiveness of a public R&D support policy. In a policy design that aims at incentivizing radical as well as incremental innovations, we test where the policy impact is highest. While the privately motivated R&D expenditures are significant for both types of innovation, the policy-induced part is significant only for radical innovation. Furthermore, given that the funding agency encourages collaboration, and particularly industry-science collaboration, we further test whether effects are enhanced in collaborating firms. We do not find any evidence pointing to increased effects for the latter.

Abstract

This study investigates the impact and effectiveness of a public R&D support policy. In a policy design that aims at incentivizing radical as well as incremental innovations, we test where the policy impact is highest. While the privately motivated R&D expenditures are significant for both types of innovation, the policy-induced part is significant only for radical innovation. Furthermore, given that the funding agency encourages collaboration, and particularly industry-science collaboration, we further test whether effects are enhanced in collaborating firms. We do not find any evidence pointing to increased effects for the latter.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Business Administration
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:May 2016
Deposited On:18 Feb 2016 14:28
Last Modified:01 Jun 2016 00:00
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0048-7333
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2016.01.010
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:13155

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