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Title:Publicly Funded R&D Collaborations and Patent Outcome in Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Czarnitzki, Dirk
Fier, Andreas
Issue Date:2003
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 03-24
Abstract:The stimulation of co-operations and networks has become very popular in R&D policies in recent years. This study examines the development and the impact of publicly funded R&D consortia in Germany. The paper describes the history of R&D funding in Germany with a focus on the development of measures encouraging collaborative R&D activities among firms and public research institutions. Due to a recent shift of policies to more competitive procedures in awarding public funds for R&D, we investigate empirically the impact of such measures on patenting activity at the firm level. The microeconometric results show that collaborating firms are more likely to patent than others. Within the group of collaborating firms, participants in publicly sponsored R&D consortia exhibit a higher propensity to patent than firms in non-sponsored networks. Especially SMEs seem to benefit from spillovers which makes their application for patents more likely.
Subjects:R&D
Public Subsidies
Collaboration
Policy Evaluation
JEL:C25
C14
O38
H50
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des ZEW
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