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Economic crisis and company R&D in Spain: do regional and policy factors matter?

Laura Cruz-Castro, Adelheid Holl (), Ruth Rama () and Luis Sanz-Menéndez

Industry and Innovation, 2018, vol. 25, issue 8, 729-751

Abstract: The economic crisis which began in 2008 has had a far-reaching impact, including effects on the innovation behaviour of firms. Many companies have reduced their innovation-related activities, although some firms have been more resilient than others. Using a representative microdata panel of Spanish firms, we study the probability of companies abandoning in-house R&D during the crisis and its relationship to regional and policy factors. We find significant regional heterogeneity related to regional economic size and the type of the regional innovation system; regional government R&D support only reduces R&D abandonment rates in regions where a strong system of knowledge exploitation is in place.

Date: 2018
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DOI: 10.1080/13662716.2017.1355231

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