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Research cooperation within and across regional boundaries. Does innovation policy add anything?

Alberto Marzucchi, Davide Antonioli and Sandro Montresor

No 2012-04, JRC Working Papers on Corporate R&D and Innovation from Joint Research Centre

Abstract: The paper aims to show how policy makers can stimulate firms' cooperation with research organisations in innovation. We argue that the administration of an R&D subsidy can be effective. Furthermore, this should be more so for extra-regional than intra-regional cooperation. The firms' propensity to extend cooperation across the region is assumed to increase with the amount of support. However, the support must overcome a threshold, for firms to cover the fixed costs of distant interactions. These research hypotheses are tested with respect to a sample of firms in a region of Italy. Propensity score matching is applied to identify the impact of the subsidy receipt. A generalised propensity score technique is employed to investigate the effect of an increasing amount of support. All the hypotheses are not rejected. Firms' cooperation is policy sensitive, but the size of the support is crucial for its effects.

Keywords: Industry-Research Cooperation; Regional Innovation Systems; Behavioural Additionality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O32 O38 R11 R58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
Date: 2012-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-geo, nep-ino, nep-knm, nep-sbm and nep-ure
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