Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/125213
Authors: 
Engel, Dirk
Rothgang, Michael
Eckl, Verena
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Ruhr Economic Papers 587
Abstract: 
The paper analyses how context and time dependent factors determine the impulse of R&D subsidies on firm behavior with respect to private R&D expenditures. Based on data from the German R&D survey, we combine propensity-score matching with a difference-in-difference-estimator in order to measure the causal influence of public direct R&D project funding on firm behavior. Our results indicate that (i) repeated participation in R&D projects on average leads to a higher increase in R&D expenditures than one-time funding; (ii) the aggregate effect of R&D funding on R&D expenditures of business firms is somewhat higher for business and business collaboration projects than for science and business collaboration projects; (iii) R&D expenditures of business firms that cooperate with science show a higher share of external R&D spending. Results of one particular cluster programme indicate that at least the short-term development of R&D does not so much depend on which programme direct R&D project funding is applied to.
Subjects: 
R&D
public subsidies
collaboration
policy evaluation
JEL: 
C14
C25
H50
O38
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
ISBN: 
978-3-86788-682-6
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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