van Pottelsberghe de la Potterie, Bruno Romain, Astrid
Year of Publication:
Discussion Paper Series 1 2004,18
This paper attempts to evaluate the macroeconomic impact of venture capital (VC). We test the assumption that VC is similar in several respects to business R&D performed by large firms and therefore contributes to economic growth through two main channels: innovation and absorptive capacity. The quantitative results, based on a panel of 16 OECD countries from 1990 to 2001, show that the social return of VC is significantly higher than the social return of business or public R&D. An increased VC intensity also makes it easier to absorb the knowledge generated by universities and firms.
Venture Capital Productivity Growth Innovation Absorptive Capacity