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Impact Evaluation of a Program of Public Funding of Private Innovation Activities. An Econometric Study of FONTAR in Argentina

Andrés López, Ana Reynoso () and Martín Rossi

No 310, OVE Working Papers from Inter-American Development Bank, Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE)

Abstract: The main finding of this impact evaluation is that beneficiary firms of FONTAR as a whole and of ANR in particular, spend more on innovation activities such as research and development and purchase of technology. Increments in innovation expenditures are found even when the amount received by the program is netted out from the total amount spent, indicating that beneficiary firms are caused to privately finance part of the increment on innovation expenditures. This would support the additionality hypothesis against the crowding out hypothesis. What is more, empirical evidence suggests that funds spent on innovation activities are efficient in the sense that subsidized firm actually accomplish more innovations. Long run effects on productive performance could not be detected.

Keywords: Innovation and R&D; Policy Evalution (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O32 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2010-11
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