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Regional differences in effects of publicly sponsored R&D grants on SME performance

Patrik Gustavsson Tingvall () and Josefin Videnord ()
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Patrik Gustavsson Tingvall: Södertörn University and The European Institute of Japanese Studies at the Stockholm School of Economics
Josefin Videnord: Uppsala University

Small Business Economics, 2020, vol. 54, issue 4, No 3, 969 pages

Abstract: Abstract This paper explores regional variation in the effects of publicly sponsored R&D grants on SME performance. The results suggest that there is no guarantee that the grants will impact firm growth, either positive or negative. Positive growth effects are most likely to be found for publicly sponsored R&D grants targeting SMEs located in regions abundant with skilled labor, whereas the opposite is found for SMEs located in regions with a limited supply of skilled labor.

Keywords: R&D grants; SME; Economic growth; Regional growth; Selective policies (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H81 L26 O38 O40 R11 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s11187-018-0085-6

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