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Government Intervention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship

Meng Wei Chen (), Yu Chen (), Zhen-Hua Wu () and Ningru Zhao ()
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Meng Wei Chen: Indiana University at Bloomington, USA
Yu Chen: University of Graz, Austria
Zhen-Hua Wu: Nanjing University, China
Ningru Zhao: Nanjing Audit University, China

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No 2018-15, Graz Economics Papers from University of Graz, Department of Economics

Abstract: We study how government intervention affects innovation and entrepreneurship, using a model in which two agents (e.g., one entrepreneur and one venture capitalist) engage in teamwork to launch a new business in which a moral hazard problem may persist for both parties. One feature of our model is that the government's financial support (grant) may have (positive) externalities on the teamwork of both parties, but is also constrained by budget costs. We compare two major forms of government intervention: indirect intervention and hybrid intervention. Contrasted to the case without government intervention, indirect government intervention always raises the efforts of both parties and promotes social surplus (welfare) while hybrid government intervention may not always raise the efforts of both parties or promote social surplus. Hybrid government intervention may, however, deliver even higher social surplus than indirect government intervention when the government's share in the enterprise is dominant and its marginal contribution to the project is sufficiently high.

Keywords: Government intervention; moral hazard; innovation, entrepreneurship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D80 H20 O30 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cfn, nep-cse, nep-ent, nep-ino and nep-mic
Date: 2018-09
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