R&D subsidies and firms' cost of debt
Sarah Demeulemeester and
Hanna Hottenrott ()
No 516028, Working Papers of Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation, Leuven from KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation, Leuven
Financing research and development (R&D) through loans is usually a costly endeavor. Information asymmetry, outcome uncertainty and low collateral value tend to increase the cost of debt. Based on a large panel of heterogeneous firms, this study shows that recipients of public R&D grants, on average, face lower costs of debt. The findings also suggest that a process of certification in which the subsidy signals the quality of the firmâs R&D to external lenders rather than a âresource effectâ, i.e. the direct liquidity impact of the subsidy, explains this observation. The comparison between young and established firms shows that the certification effect for young firms primarily stems from subsidies for basic research, that is, for the stage of R&D in which outcome uncertainty and information asymmetries are typically larger. In addition, young firms seem to benefit from a âformation effectâ through learning from the subsidy application process. Application experience may improve young firmsâ R&D project plans in a way that reduces information asymmetries between firms and lenders.
Keywords: Innovation policy; Research & Development; R&D subsidies; cost of debt; financial constraints (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Working Paper: R&D Subsidies and Firms’ Cost of Debt (2017)
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