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Value for money?
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A significant amount of money is spent on programs to stimulate innovative activities. In this paper, the authors review the effects of a specific government-sponsored commercial R&D program from various angles. The paper starts by evaluating whether we find positive effects of subsidies on R&D investment and R&D employment. Then, it analyzes how the observed effects of subsidies on R&D intensity and employment vary over time, vary if the firm receives also support from other sources, vary depending on how many supported projects a single firm has at the same time or vary if a firm gets support consecutively. Finally, it is estimated the macroeconomic impact of these grants in terms of R&D employment. It is concluded that (i) the policies are not subject to full crowding out, (ii) the treatments effects are stable over time, (iii) receiving subsidies from other sources in addition to the program under evaluation does not decrease the estimated treatment effect, and (iv) receiving grants repeatedly does not decrease the magnitude of the treatment effects either. Using a back-of-the envelope calculation, the authors estimate that, on average, five R&D jobs are created (or maintained) per supported project in the Flemish economy.

Link: http://www.ceps.lu/pdf/4/art1848.pdf
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