Opening up military innovation: causal effects of 'bottom-up' reforms to US defense research
John van Reenen (),
Sabrina T. Howell,
Jason Rathje and
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Organizations investing in R&D must decide whether to solicit specific technologies or allow innovators to suggest ideas. Using administrative data, we study the “Open” reform to U.S. Air Force R&D procurement, which invited firms to suggest any new potentially useful technology. The new program was run simultaneously with the traditional top-down “Conventional” program. Our regression discontinuity design offers the first causal evaluation of a defense R&D program. We document benefits from winning an Open award for VC funding, military technology, and innovation, and no benefits from Conventional, which instead fosters incumbency. The bottom-up approach appears to help explain Open’s success.
Keywords: innovation; defense; R&D; procurement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H56 H57 O31 O32 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 103 pages
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Working Paper: Opening up military innovation: causal effects of 'bottom-up' reforms to U.S. defense research (2021)
Working Paper: Opening up Military Innovation:Causal Effects of 'Bottom-Up' Reforms to U.S. Defense Research (2021)
Working Paper: Opening up Military Innovation: Causal Effects of 'Bottom-up' Reforms to U.S. Defense Research (2021)
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