(), Pierpaolo Parrotta
and Davide Sala
Marianna Marino: College of Management of Technology, Postal: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Station 5, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Pierpaolo Parrotta: Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Postal: FRICHSHUSET , Hermodsvej 22, 1st and 2nd floors , DK 8230 Aabyhoej, Denmark
Davide Sala: Department of Economics, Aarhus School of Business, Postal: FRICHSHUSET , Hermodsvej 22, 1st and 2nd floors , DK 8230 Aabyhoej, Denmark
Abstract: Any economic criteria for an ecient allocation of resources is based on marginal \thinking". Such criteria can equally be applied to the evaluation of the public allocation of R&D funds. Di erently from the usual evaluation schemes - mainly dichotomous - this study implements the continuous treatment matching approach to investigate the optimality of the modulation of public grants. With this method, the marginal treatment e ects can be identi ed and sub-optimal amounts of public funding determined. Although we can distinguish cases of input additionality, the substitutability outcome seems to prevail also when unobserved heterogeneity is accounted for
32 pages, December 1, 2010
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