Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 187: How Effective are Government R&D Subsidies: The Empirical Evidence

Stefan Fölster
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Stefan Fölster: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Abstract: Government subsidized industrial R & D stands for a large and increasing segment of the total R & D conducted. Yet very little is known about the effectiveness of such subsidies. This paper summarizes the empirical literature concerning direct project subsidies, tax credits, and support for industrial research institutes. This helps to identify what makes government policy effective from the government's perspective and how it affects firms.

Keywords: Subsidies; R&D; summary

JEL-codes: H21; H23; O31

23 pages, December 1987

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